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Published on Mar 10, 2009
This is an early 70's I believe SCM (Smith Corona) Coronet Super 12 portable electric typewriter. I bought it last year at a thrift store for the princely sum of $3 including the case. In new condition and working perfectly. This design of the Smith Corona typewriter had been around from the early 60's and was hugely popular in Canada and the USA. I'm not certain if they were sold overseas or not although I would guess so. There were great variations on the theme and many names as they were also sold by department stores etc under the department store logo. As well as being popular they were also somewhat expensive but not so outrageous that the average family couldn't afford one. There were different makers of cheaper machines to be had for people that didn't want to spend quite as much. In fact I was one of them. I had to settle for a Kmart branded Brother semi-electric typewriter which to its credit did work well and lasted. Correction to video; I said the dial on the left side of the keyboard adjusts the touch sensitivity, it actually controls the force the keys strike the paper which was needed back then for making carbon copies. The adjustment for the touch control is underneath the front edge of the typewriter. Per the SCM website the removable cartridge debuted in 1973