The same typecast again but in pure text format:
IBM Selectric III
After some very busy months, I finally found some time for an update on my blog. Even if I didn’t manage to post anything here, I was not completely idle regarding typewriters. Even if my first typeball machine (Hermes 808, see my last post) was a quite disapointing experience, it got me quite interested in this fascinating technology.
This resulted in several attempts to get another typeball machine, ideally in working condition or at least easily repairable.
This hunt finally made me the owner of now four such typewriters: the initial Hermes 808, an IBM Selectric II (not working), a second Hermes 808 (not working either) and finally this IBM Selectric III, probably dating from 1981 and in perfect working condition.
Even if I still really like my mechanical Hermes Ambassador (with electrical carriage return), this IBM is now my clear favourite: it types really well and the correcting feature and interchangable typeheads make it the perfect work horse.
Winterthur, 28. July 2014