It is perhaps fitting that I post the last of my typestyle scans on the day that Tom Furrier writes his celebration of the IBM Selectric. I myself refuse to include electric typewriters in my own corral, but if I were to own one, it would be a Selectric. Actually, it would have to be two: a small chromed Selectric 1 with the 11″ platen, and a larger black Selectric III. See? Can you imagine how much table space I’d have to devote to that? It’s clear to me that I cannot fall prey to the siren song of the Selectric because I know where that trail leads.
Tom’s right about the Selectric and the Wheelwriters being the bread and butter for today’s typewriter repairman. On my own visits to MTE, it’s usually a naked Selectric that’s up on Bill’s rotating work table, and there’s usually a half dozen of them sitting in his work queue. I imagine someday soon that guys like Bill and Tom will need to make connections with specialty machine shops to fabricate Selectric parts that they can’t get from suppliers anymore. Selectrics are *that* important to a lot of businesses. Some smart fella with a CNC machine will make a mint fabricating aluminum replacements for certain plastic Selectric parts that tend to age badly, you take my word for it.
And now the typestyle offerings of IBM in 1964: