Thursday, January 6, 2022

Happy Birthday, Dear Ted, from my Sears Medalist Electric 12





Obviously I like Ted Munk a lot.  He's one of the finest typewriter people in all the world.  I'm a huge fan of other folks too, especially Richard Polt for The Typewriter Revolution & Cold Hard Type series, and Joe Van Cleave's many insightful videos.  I would've never gotten this far so quickly without the Typosphere. <3


The Sears 4-color typewriter ribbon is quite cool, could be easily spliced to use on any typewriter, wound onto any old spool, and more than 2 colors is possible.  Connect the color-change with a grommet within a few inches of clean ribbon and it's good to go for practically any machine.

I revived this 50 year-old ribbon by unwinding and fluffing the length in a cardboard box while lightly misting it with WD-40 and then let it sit all afternoon to dry a bit before rewinding.  As you can see in the type sample up top, it's still got a some colorful life to it.


The Smith-Corona 6-series electric typewriters give the fastest typebar experience!  A power return can add some speed, but I'm more into creative rather than productive typing, so I like the old-fashioned return lever too.



The previous owner installed a rope handle.  Perhaps for easier lifting out of the case?


The main reason I bought this typewriter is for the SCM Changeable Type international kit, because it will fit all my Smith-Corona 6-series machines, both electric & manual.

3 comments:

  1. It's a good day when I get to read a blog post from Mei!

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    1. Likewise, Joe! I enjoyed your recent video about electric typewriters!

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  2. And Ted Munk likes you a lot too! (:
    Looks like you've collected two of those 4-color Cylon typers now - Excellent choice, really - they're top-o-the-line for the SCM electric typebar machines. Just waiting for the post where you show how to make 6 & 8 color ribbons for them.
    Thanks for the 4-color birthday wishes and can't wait to get my hat while it's still cold outside :D

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Happy Birthday, Dear Ted, from my Sears Medalist Electric 12

Obviously I like Ted Munk a lot.  He's one of the finest typewriter people in all the world.  I'm a huge fan of other folks too,...