Pinned “Label Holder” Platens for Corona as late as 1957.

corona-labelplaten-0When I saw these pinned platens in the 1957 Smith-Corona Parts Manuals, they tickled a memory of Mark Adams discussing such pinned label-holder platens found in 1930’s Remington Portables. I did find one mention of such a Corona platen in Scott K.’s blog. For those interested in such contraptions, here’s a data point for you: they were sold for the Corona 4 (except “X” and “Jr.” models), the “Smith-Corona” floating shift and the Sterling (A1 and A2) and Clipper (C1 and C2) machines as late as 1957, the date of this parts manual.

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Updated: January 10, 2015 — 12:49 pm


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  1. Sure would be nice to be able to buy new platens at those prices. I’d not get any of mine recovered.

  2. I just picked up what I believe is a 1960 Smith Corona Galaxie that has one of these label holder platens. The serial number is 6T260781X. It looks like that 4M739-AS platen pictured above.

    1. Nice! I suspect the late Super-5 and Galaxy platens would interchange, although I haven’t tried it. I’m not really surprised to find these features on later machines, but I would bet they are pretty rare on machines from the 60’s-70’s. By the 80’s I’m sure most businesses bought computers and trackfeed printers to replace label-holder typewriters.

      Nice find! You should upload it to (:

  3. I saw that this type was available for the Corona 3 folding also

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