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08-3-2018 21:52:20  #1


Smith Corona Enterprise II 10-key greek typewriter

I have been watching this machine on Ebay for the past several days because I could not believe what I was seeing. It has to be the only Electric Smith Corona 10-key greek typewriter I have ever seen!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-SMITH-CORONA-ENTERPRISE-II-model-4l-typewriter-free-shipping-case-/142703925466?_trkparms=gh1g%3DI142703925466.N34.S1.R1.TR4&_trksid=p2047675.l2557&autorefresh=true&nma=true&si=QhkvhjpbH8lhWIXP5Wgf%252Bpz5ryE%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

Has anyone ever seen one before? I have only ever seen the mechanical ones from the late 1960s!

 

08-3-2018 21:52:47  #2


Re: Smith Corona Enterprise II 10-key greek typewriter

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/CYoAAOSwgAtalJ5z/s-l1600.jpg

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08-3-2018 22:23:05  #3


Re: Smith Corona Enterprise II 10-key greek typewriter

What is the purpose of such a machine?

 

08-3-2018 22:34:42  #4


Re: Smith Corona Enterprise II 10-key greek typewriter

Fleetwing wrote:

What is the purpose of such a machine?

Ahhh... the great mystery of these machines... no one seems to know! Many collectors have come up with different possible reasons... but none seems to fit just right!

This is the only Electric model of this mystery series I have ever seen.

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08-3-2018 23:17:10  #5


Re: Smith Corona Enterprise II 10-key greek typewriter

Did you buy it?  Seems fascinating.  I couldn’t think of any application, as anything requiring those characters would also require others as well.  No sense in using one machine, just to have to align the page again in another, as in inserting mathematical equations.


Typewriter collector and repair geek
 

09-3-2018 07:28:41  #6


Re: Smith Corona Enterprise II 10-key greek typewriter

Lucas Dul wrote:

Did you buy it? Seems fascinating. I couldn’t think of any application, as anything requiring those characters would also require others as well. No sense in using one machine, just to have to align the page again in another, as in inserting mathematical equations.

Lucan Dul, I did try... but tapped out. I believe it sold for about $127.50! I have to say that that must be the most ever paid for a plastic Smith Corona Electric... but well worth it considering how rare it is! I do hope that a fellow typospherian or collector got it... hopefully it will turn up here or on the database.

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09-3-2018 17:57:32  #7


Re: Smith Corona Enterprise II 10-key greek typewriter

I keep coming back to this post, because I'm fascinated at my inability to come up with an even slightly plausible reason for this typewriter's existence... 


There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. -- Ernest Hemingway
 

09-3-2018 17:59:16  #8


Re: Smith Corona Enterprise II 10-key greek typewriter

The best I've come up with is that it was someone's really poorly-considered design that somehow made it to production.


There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. -- Ernest Hemingway
 

09-3-2018 19:07:34  #9


Re: Smith Corona Enterprise II 10-key greek typewriter

The new typewriter shop in Westport CT has one of those machines! The owner said only about 200 were made and she doesn't know why it was made either! So cool!
Jeff

 

09-3-2018 21:48:35  #10


Re: Smith Corona Enterprise II 10-key greek typewriter

How much is she asking for it, assuming it's for sale? Not interested other than idle curiosity.

 

 

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