Just as I was calming down from another of my early morning "bloody eBay sellers" bouts, there was a shout from the front door and the Sri Lankan postman was standing there with a stack of boxes almost as high as himself. There were four boxes, two from the US and two from Germany, each containing an extremely well packed typewriter - a real mixed bunch, two blacks, a blue and a green. But definitely the pick of them is this 1933 Smith-Corona myrtle green "flattop" (serial #1032059) in beautiful condition and good working order, so I guess it has been another Green Typewriter Day for me, my second or now third in six months. Since I find green a calming colour, this one certainly did the trick! Gee, some sellers really do know how to pack a typewriter.
Gorgeous! I'm partial to green machines and that one is a gem.
Thank you Dwayne. I'm with you on green machines. My Invicta is another favourite. I only seriously regret ever selling or giving away one typewriter, and that was a shiny green, chromed Royal I sold back to Scott McNeill. If only ...
I had almost forgotten about the green flattops! I think I might just prefer this to the burgundy.
What a job your postman must have!
Yes, Nick, I suspect the postman now waits until he has a stack and brings them all at once! Saves him hauling them up the stairs four days a week! I agree with you about the green over the burgundy.
I like these early flattops with the "hood ornament."
A lovely machine, both the color and the design. Black keys with the chrome, or nickle rim look good, and for me, work best. I don't know if it is the tactile or visual sense of where the edges of the keys are, but I seem to plunge my fingers between the keys less often than with all black plastic keys that blend into the darkness beneath.
After some unpleasant experiences with poorly-packed machines, I look now at a stack of boxes like that with a mixture of pleasant anticipation and dread. It does help though, as you suggested a while ago, to provide the seller with packing instructions.
By the way, my Triumph "spy" typewriter I wrote you about is now included in the typewriter database, and I'll keep thinking of it as "Double Agent Norm" until I am disabused of the notion:
Terrific! This machine looks so great after all the years of it's existence, it jumps right out of my screen.
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