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1977 IBM Selectric II Serial # 26-3472093 1977 IBM Selectric II typewriter, Serial # 26-3472093 Matt Watkins's 1977 IBM Selectric II typewriter. 2024-07-09 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Matt Watkins: 1977 IBM Selectric II Serial # 26-3472093 Purchased for $60 in February 2024 off of Facebook Marketplace in Walla Walla, Washington, this beige model was in good shape except for a bit of gumminess, and the plastic protectors warped a bit from age and would catch the carriage. Cleaned and oiled a few places. The internal foam had all turned to sludge and replaced with comparable neoprene material. I did decide to paint the body given the relatively large supply remaining of Selectrics and found the color, Krylon Heritage Red, that seems close to IBM color Garnet Rose. Update June 2024: I could hear the hub a bit when I first got it and it's now much worse. Gonna have to replace it. I've watched Phoenix Typewriter remove it in less than 7 minutes, but think it's going to be much harder the first time....maybe I'll take it to Portland to have done.

1977 IBM Selectric II #26-3472093

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Matt Watkins (Ignaciob)
Created: 02-29-2024 at 11:35PM
Last Edit: 07-09-2024 at 08:54AM


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Purchased for $60 in February 2024 off of Facebook Marketplace in Walla Walla, Washington, this beige model was in good shape except for a bit of gumminess, and the plastic protectors warped a bit from age and would catch the carriage. Cleaned and oiled a few places. The internal foam had all turned to sludge and replaced with comparable neoprene material. I did decide to paint the body given the relatively large supply remaining of Selectrics and found the color, Krylon Heritage Red, that seems close to IBM color Garnet Rose. Update June 2024: I could hear the hub a bit when I first got it and it's now much worse. Gonna have to replace it. I've watched Phoenix Typewriter remove it in less than 7 minutes, but think it's going to be much harder the first time....maybe I'll take it to Portland to have done.

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First hunt and pecked on a 60's Smith Corona Sterling my mother had and Took typing class in 1982 on an IBM Selectric as a means to get into the computer class my sophomore year. Probably reached 60wpm. Once I moved over to computers I never really went back to typewriters, but 40 years later I find myself enjoying the sound, feel, and smell of a now-vintage Selectric 2 and just picked up a 1955 Silent Super. We'll see how far down the rabbit hole I go....

Update: July 2024. I have 26 typewriters at this point including an identical Selectric I used in high school. The collection kick started in April when I bought 16 in one purchase from a collector on his way out of the hobby. I've also had the good fortune of helping my local air museum find several period-correct WWII typewriters and even gave away a pristine 50's Smith Corona Silent Super to a 19 year old that was enamored typewriters.



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