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IBM Selectric typewriter
and type balls (1961)
IBM Selectric typewriter

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Posted by Bob Matthews at 2:57 am (PDT) on Thu August 23, 2018   
These were so good. Owned a model 2 and later the blue model 3 Selectric. The typewriter is long gone, but I kept an orange ink cartridge in its original box and couple of the golf balls for posterity.
Posted by Chuck Kopsho at 1:40 am (PST) on Sat March 11, 2017   
I don't use the "home keys" method anymore. But I do a mean hunt and peck.
Posted by fargone at 11:40 am (PDT) on Thu March 13, 2014   
My soph year (1970) - there were probably 80 of us in one big room taking Typing 1 with our big heavy manual typewriters. In the next room, there were 20 Selectrics that Typing II got to use, as well as some of the more promising "secretarial types" - never any guys back then. I wasn't aware of sexism , but I sure know how much I coveted being on one of those nice electrics, especially when my pinkies were failing me again on "a"s and semicolons!
Posted by AliKaplan at 5:48 pm (PDT) on Wed August 14, 2013   
That ball was the design inspiration for their building at the '64-'65 World's Fair.
Posted by obie--wan-kenobi at 7:54 pm (PDT) on Mon September 24, 2012   
A great typewriter in its time. Envelopes were a pain though.
Posted by dtdavis2012 at 3:57 am (PST) on Sat January 21, 2012   
As a senior in high school in 1973, I would have killed for an IBM Selectric typewriter. Last June, I picked one up on eBay for $149.50. Refurbished and worked well. But why did I do such a dumb thing? Sold it to my sister and promised not to do anything that stupid again--lol !

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