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1945 Smith Corona Clipper Serial # 4C108744 1945 Smith Corona Clipper typewriter, Serial # 4C108744 Daniel Burgoyne's 1945 Smith Corona Clipper typewriter. 2022-08-03 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Daniel Burgoyne: 1945 Smith Corona Clipper Serial # 4C108744 Found right in my neighbourhood in Ottawa, Canada, this typewriter with a French-Canadian keyboard was last owned by Mr. Vic Wilczur (1933-1996), who probably bought it second hand in Montréal.

Mr. Wilczur spent his career as a journalist, writer and communication officer, starting at the Montréal Gazette in 1954. He went on to other Canadian dailies and 3 radio stations before spending a 10-year stint at United Press International in Montréal, Winnipeg, Québec City, London and Paris. Returned to Canada in 1969 to work as speech writer to the Honorable Jean Marchand, then to the information services of five federal government departments, the last one being the Dept. of the Secretary of State, and as press secretary to the Governor General Edward Schreyer.

In 1991, he published "The Influence Pedders-an Ottawa Fable." The novel is about politics-behind closed door and in the open-with the people who are involved in politics. Mr. Wilczur also ran unsuccessfully as an independant candidate for election in the federal riding of Ottawa Centre in 1993.

This little marvel of a typewriter, as found, is compact, simple and types freely, and the only problems that I can see are misaligned key legends, a bent case latch, ripped buckram, hard-as-stone platen and feet and, a missing screw for the paper rest. I was able to form the case's latch back to function, close to its original shape. Turned back any crooked key legends to their designated position. I will next attack glueing the buckram back in place and turning and cutting a new screw. I will send the platen and rollers to JJ Short for new rubber and source new feet.

It's a 10 cpi Pica typeface.

1945 Smith Corona Clipper #4C108744

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Daniel Burgoyne (Ixzed23)
Created: 06-16-2022 at 07:40PM
Last Edit: 08-03-2022 at 08:01AM


Description:

Found right in my neighbourhood in Ottawa, Canada, this typewriter with a French-Canadian keyboard was last owned by Mr. Vic Wilczur (1933-1996), who probably bought it second hand in Montréal.

Mr. Wilczur spent his career as a journalist, writer and communication officer, starting at the Montréal Gazette in 1954. He went on to other Canadian dailies and 3 radio stations before spending a 10-year stint at United Press International in Montréal, Winnipeg, Québec City, London and Paris. Returned to Canada in 1969 to work as speech writer to the Honorable Jean Marchand, then to the information services of five federal government departments, the last one being the Dept. of the Secretary of State, and as press secretary to the Governor General Edward Schreyer.

In 1991, he published "The Influence Pedders-an Ottawa Fable." The novel is about politics-behind closed door and in the open-with the people who are involved in politics. Mr. Wilczur also ran unsuccessfully as an independant candidate for election in the federal riding of Ottawa Centre in 1993.

This little marvel of a typewriter, as found, is compact, simple and types freely, and the only problems that I can see are misaligned key legends, a bent case latch, ripped buckram, hard-as-stone platen and feet and, a missing screw for the paper rest. I was able to form the case's latch back to function, close to its original shape. Turned back any crooked key legends to their designated position. I will next attack glueing the buckram back in place and turning and cutting a new screw. I will send the platen and rollers to JJ Short for new rubber and source new feet.

It's a 10 cpi Pica typeface.

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Made in Toronto, Canada by the Smith Corona Corporation of Canada Ltd.
Made in Toronto, Canada by the Smith Corona Corporation of Canada Ltd.

The airplane decal of  a Boeing B-314 features prominently on the ribbon cover, surely to reaffirm the lightness and portability of this machine.  

The rubbed off paint on the cover is a witness to how many times a left hand pushed the carriage return lever and hit the cover at the same time.
The airplane decal of a Boeing B-314 features prominently on the ribbon cover, surely to reaffirm the lightness and portability of this machine. The rubbed off paint on the cover is a witness to how many times a left hand pushed the carriage return lever and hit the cover at the same time.

Floating Shift is another way of saying segment shift.
Floating Shift is another way of saying segment shift.

French diacritic signs on QWERTY keyboard and, keytops with functions in French:  Majuscule (Maj.), Maj. Fixe, Retour and Déclanche (Déclan) Marge. After I took the photo, I rotated the legends to the correct position.
French diacritic signs on QWERTY keyboard and, keytops with functions in French: Majuscule (Maj.), Maj. Fixe, Retour and DĂ©clanche (DĂ©clan) Marge. After I took the photo, I rotated the legends to the correct position.



Hunter: Daniel Burgoyne (Ixzed23)

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Bonjour! I am from the region of Montreal, Quebec and moved to Ottawa, Ontario in 1992.

Amateur watchmaker and machinist, I love anything mechanical, hydraulic or electric. I have restored American and Canadian clocks and small lathes, milling machines and a jig bore.

Most of my typewriters have Canadian-French Qwerty keyboards, with some exception for rare finds.



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