I stopped by the antique mall on my way home from work today. I ran into Eric, from whom I’ve purchased a few typewriters at great prices. In fact, I bought my favorite machine, an Olympia SG1, from him. It was dirty and missing a tab key, but it’s in tip-top shape now and I acquired the missing part from a friend. Now, low and behold, he had another SG1. The cover is missing and it is pretty filthy, but I can salvage it. Hopefully my friend will come through again. I bought it for $20 and the mechanics are sluggish but fine.
He also had two Smith Coronas: a Skyriter and a Silent. Both have some cosmetic issues. I wanted the Skyriter right away. I need some smaller machines. It looks like it has a Polish keyboard. Picked it up for $35.
The Silent is an odd duck. It has two colors. Did it come that way or had another user/collector created a Frankenstein? I was not interested in the machine, but I dropped it. No one would have known, but fair is fair and Eric has done right by me. I took it at a loss for $40. Perhaps I can use it in a classroom.
To my mind, the SG1 is the real score. I did not want such a glorious machine tossed into the garbage just because it’s missing its hood.