I came across this little portable yesterday while trying to ignore a hole in my mouth from a tooth that was pulled. In an antique shop out of town I spotted a burgundy Smith-Corona with a tiny medallion on the ribbon cover. Its medallion stood out to me and I could remember that it meant something but not exactly what it was. There wasn’t a label for Silent, Silent Super, or Standard. I was at a loss for what it was.
I bought the Smith-Corona and carried it out in its case that still had the original leather covered handle. The carriage worked, there was some scratching from the ribbon cover not being put all the way down before typing, and the platen is rock hard. At home I had a better look at my find and found that most of the body was in great shape and the machine worked smoothly only needing some dust cleaned out.
This morning I rubbed a layer of turtle wax on the body and let it sit for 30 minutes before polishing it to a shine. Some of the keys were bent and whomever owned it last was a little rough on this machine. Who am I kidding? It was probably some kids smashing their fingers against the keys at the antique mall.
The Smith-Corona now has a new shine to it. I learned that the medallion was put on the machine to mark the first portable model made by Smith-Corona after the two companies merged together. It didn’t have a name yet and I learned that they made 350 silver bodied models in that first batch. The article also talked about how these machines were likely melted down for the silver and who knows how many still exist. I will likely try to sell the Smith-Corona. While it is a beautiful machine, I already have the ones that I truly enjoy. There is the Remington portable model 1, an Underwood four bank, and of course the Hermes 3000 that sit on my shelves. Should the burgundy Smith-Corona find a home here? Only time will tell.