Seeing this white elephant outside the entrance of an antique shop was a good omen.

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I’d visited the same store a few times before but never seen anything of typewriter interest. This time things were different …

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A Selectric I! After my recent Olivetti run of luck, it seems I was having an IBM one!

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Despite being underwhelmed by the paint job I did on my Selectric II, I  fell in love with this baby and decided to take it home.

We’ll see how things go – or don’t go. This Baby has (or rather “I have”) a few problems:

  1. In the shop I couldn’t pull the element ball off – and once I got it home I still couldn’t pull it free and managed to snap the black plastic lever off in the attempt. (Selectric aficionado Ted recently pointed out how fragile these 3rd generation balls are, so I don’t feel as stupid as I otherwise would). I think may have to break the top of the ball off in order to free the spring.
  2. The characters type okay for about the first few inches along the page, but then start to run into each other.
  3. Carriage Return returns only two thirds or sometimes halfway, meaning I have to repeat the carriage return to get back to the start position.
  4.  The space bar works intermittently and goes into what as I can only describe as  spasmodic rattlesnake mode!

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Apart from that the motor runs smoothly and the typewriter is in good cosmetic condition. I’m happy just looking at it!

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Mind you, some moron scratched a number on the back of the machine…!

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It’s looking great apart from that.

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 No paint job needed this time fortunately!

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The inside cover of the operating instructions dates it to 1969.  A sticker to the right of the serial number says “IBM Canada Ltd” and also “Don Mills Canada”.

Oddly, there is no pitch indicator on the left side of the margin scale.

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But the one pictured in the operating instructions is 10 pitch with a solid triangle…

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The operating instructions don’t refer to a model number, but it does look a lot like the Reverend Ted’s Model 72.

 

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