As I am studying Swedish I had just remembered that I have a Swedish typewriter amongst my typewriter collection. The difference between a Swedish and English typewriter might not seem that obvious when you glance at the keyboard layout. The main difference is that Swedish and probably Scandinavian typewriters in general have additional symbols known as umlauts to accentuate letters.
The Smith Corona Clipper has a distinguishable 1950s style which resembles much like a Bakelite refrigerator of that time also. The typewriters curvy bulbous shape-like appearance is what makes it unique from other typewriters during its time.
Mechanical typewriters are renowned for standing the test of time because of its feat of engineering. In the early to mid 20th century there were once factories that specifically manufactured typewriters in mass production. Though when the computer came along typewriter manufacturing declined in the mid to late 20th century.
During the 1970s plastics had became an abundant material, that was and still is easily obtainable and so typewriters during the 70s were cheaper to mass produce but lacked the quality seen in typewriters before the 1970s. This is what makes the Smith Corona so special. Owning this typewriter is similar to owning it’s history. This magnificent writing machine would make a wonderful addition to any office desk for practicality or as a show piece and can also be used for typing in English as well as Swedish.
It is a hobby of mines to scavenge through warehouses, car boot sales and scrap yards to find and purposely restore and resurrect unwanted typewriters. It takes time and patience to fully restore an unwanted typewriter. Even though they are regarded by most as obsolete, they still hold nostalgic value for others.
If you are interested in re-homing this Smith Corona then it is available to purchase from my online vintage store “Damerino Vintage” (damerino.etsy.com) I currently offer free shipping to UK and EU countries.