Monday, February 2, 2015

Silent Super of my Past

My interest in typewriters was renewed again when I gave my daugher a Smith-Corona Sterling but this was far from the first typewriter that caught my eye.  I became fascinated with typewriters when my mother gave me an old Remington 12 that she bought at a yard sale.  While I was only five years old, I loved that typewriter.  I also remember my parents keeping their old portables from the 1950's up in the attic.  So I was pleased when I visited my parents the other day to learn that they still had the Remington and my dad's Smith-Corona Silent Super which they gave to me.  I'll write more about the Remington once I clean it up and get it typing again.  My dad's Silent Super was much easier to bring back to life.  A little bit of cleaning and a bit of oil and it is ready to type again.  The Silent-Super is known as one of the best portables of the 1950's if not one of the best manual typewriters ever.  It came with some advanced features such as tabs that could be set on the keyboard, a paper guide on the platen, the number "1" and an exclamation point (something that some typewriters did not have even in the 70's).  

My dad was proud of his Silent Super as you can see in this picture taken as he went off to college with a typewriter in one hand and a transistor radio tucked under his arm.  That Smith-Corona sat in the attic ever since my dad came home from college and I'm glad it is sitting with me now and will see some use again.

1 comment:

  1. great pic of your dad and thanks for sharing some typewriter-related family history. Sounds like these machines have been around all your life and you are passing on the passion and interest to your kids. I hope to do that too.