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12-7-2020 20:30:09  #1


Corona Silent, 1935

Of all the portables I own, this one without a doubt has the nicest, buttery touch to it.  It's almost as effortless to type on as any electric.  I'm trying to determine the name of the typeface, which is a good bit larger than standard pica.  I'm ignorant of the different typefaces out there, but this one is certainly easy on older eyes (guilty).  

https://imgur.com/a/Jwx8Ote


The typewriter gives me things I don't even know I'm working on.  ~ Charles Bukowski
 

12-7-2020 23:43:37  #2


Re: Corona Silent, 1935

Hi Space Bar

Take a good strong magnifying glass or a jeweler's loupe and see if you can read the foundry mark and number of the type slugs. This number will be between the upper and lower case letter on each slug.
These slugs on my 1953 Smith-Corona Clipper S/N 5C-207886 appear to have the # 2 and the foundry's mark.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50107173167_1953c392fa_c.jpg


This information will help those more knowledgeable that me to try and decipher what font or typeface you have. Best of luck

Sky

 

13-7-2020 06:50:39  #3


Re: Corona Silent, 1935

Space_bar wrote:

Of all the portables I own, this one without a doubt has the nicest, buttery touch to it.  It's almost as effortless to type on as any electric.  I'm trying to determine the name of the typeface, which is a good bit larger than standard pica.  I'm ignorant of the different typefaces out there, but this one is certainly easy on older eyes (guilty).  

https://imgur.com/a/Jwx8Ote

To determine the pitch (which is what pica and elite signify, not the style) count how many tic marks on that ruler are in one inch. Pica is ten. Funny, to my eyes, the type in your close-up looks normal, but in the overall pic looks big. How many lines per inch does the line feed produce?

 

13-7-2020 21:45:36  #4


Re: Corona Silent, 1935

Hi Again

It seems that two different people interpreted your question differently. Please specify if you are asking about the name of the typeface or the size of the type as in characters per inch. Your machine appears to have the standard 9¾" platen, what number does the scale go up to? If it's 00, type size is Elite and if it's 80 + 3, then type size is Pica. If your scale only goes up to 65, you have the very rare 8 CPI type size.
The actual size of the letters on the type slugs can also give you a clue to the type size. These slugs are on my 1954 Smith-Corona Silent-Super S/N 5T-162695.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50110559927_0d348a144e_c.jpg


Note how the actual letters are larger on the slugs than the picture on my previous post. Please let us know what you find out,

Sky

 

15-7-2020 16:17:54  #5


Re: Corona Silent, 1935

Hello and a very belated thank you for the responses to my query.  I have only now had opportunity to log in check them.  My eyes aren't the best, but with the aid of a loupe and an LED headlamp -- to the best of my ability -- on the slugs I see what appears to be (from L to R) a 1 followed by an H within a circle followed by a 4.  I hope I'm expressing that clearly.  The scale goes up to 74, which I thought odd; seems it would go to 75, but that is what it is.  And, it is 10 characters to the inch.  I probably should have posted a picture of the pica type from another machine with this typeface below it.  It looks like no other typeface I've yet seen on a machine.  


The typewriter gives me things I don't even know I'm working on.  ~ Charles Bukowski
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02-9-2020 13:31:29  #6


Re: Corona Silent, 1935

skywatcher wrote:

Hi Again

It seems that two different people interpreted your question differently. Please specify if you are asking about the name of the typeface or the size of the type as in characters per inch. Your machine appears to have the standard 9¾" platen, what number does the scale go up to? If it's 00, type size is Elite and if it's 80 + 3, then type size is Pica. If your scale only goes up to 65, you have the very rare 8 CPI type size.
The actual size of the letters on the type slugs can also give you a clue to the type size. These slugs are on my 1954 Smith-Corona Silent-Super S/N 5T-162695.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50110559927_0d348a144e_c.jpg


Note how the actual letters are larger on the slugs than the picture on my previous post. Please let us know what you find out,

Sky

The scale goes to 75.
 


The typewriter gives me things I don't even know I'm working on.  ~ Charles Bukowski
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