Goodness gracious great balls o’ type, who would have thought there were so many golf ball typewriter variants?

IBM were keen to develop and maintain a strong presence in Japan (a case of keeping your friends close, and your enemies closer). It’s hardly surprising then, that the most Selectric-like of all the Selectric clones is a Japanese one …

I overlooked Silver Reed in my recent post about golf ball typewriter “elements” (since edited).

Silver-Reed 255 C (above)

Maruzen M723 (Silver Reed) above and below

Perhaps the most well-known Selectric clones were those made by Remington Rand/Sperry Remington before they completely surrendered their typewriter production to Nakajima …

Remington Rand SR-101 (above)

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I was surprised to learn that German (Triumph Adler SE 1000/1005/1011, Royal 5000) kugelkopf (“golf ball”) machines date as far back as 1975.

A few golf ball machines featured in their T-A Adler/Royal SE series of office electronic typewriters …

Triumph-Adler SE 1000 CD (Above)

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Olympia manufactured just one golf ball typewriter: the SG 75 (1975) …

Facit were also cloning wide-bodied golf ball machines …

Facit 8100 (above)

Facit 1850 (above)

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Back in Japan, Juki seem to have refined their “clones” to a greater degree, using a ribbon cassette which was more compact than the IBM equivalent …

Juki Sierra 3300 (above and below)

As might be expected, Olivetti came up with something very un-Selectric-like…

Olivetti Lexikon 82 (above)

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The Lexikon 82/83 DL is a machine that still looks modern today. The element ball is smaller than those made by IBM, TA-Adler/Royal, or Brother.

Quite unlike a Selectric, these compact typewriters (and those made by Brother) have a moveable carriage and a print unit which remains in a fixed position.

The Lexikon 82/83DL pre-dates larger Lexikon office typewriters manufactured by Olivetti a few years later …

Olivetti Lexikon 90 (Above)

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The element ball for the Lexikon 90/92C/94C has a completely different shape and orientation …

Brother followed Olivetti in developing a golf ball typewriter with a moveable carriage and a fixed print unit¹  …

Brother Super 7300 and a Brother Super 7800 (above)

My Brother Super 7300 (above and below)

The Brother Super 7300 was also sold in the USA as the Correct-O-Ball XL I …

The Brother Super 7800 was also sold in Germany as the Privileg 820CD Kugelkopf …

Brother Selecta 7500/7600 variants appear to be of a similar size to the Super 7300 …

… however the flip-up ribbon compartment is different and appears to take a smaller ribbon cassette …

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¹Brother went further than Olivetti in developing (Brother 8300/9300) daisy wheel typewriters with a moveable carriage and a fixed print unit.