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IBM Selectric II Typewriter Launch Announcements

I've been looking for information on when the Selectric II and Correcting Selectric II typewriters were launched.  As I had expected, not much time elapsed from the time IBM announced the Selectric II typewriter and the announcement of its successor, the CORRECTING Selectric II typewriter.  I don't tend to see too many non correcting Selectric II these days.  Once the ability to correct errors was available, I'm sure lots of early Selectric II's were traded in for their successors.   Here's the announcement for the Selectric II.  This comes from the Kingston Daily Freedom, September 13, 1971. Article Link Less than a year later, IBM announces the Correcting Selectric II typewriter as seen in the March 4, 1973 Edition of...

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Where to Buy Typewriter Ribbons for Manual Typewriters and the IBM Selectric

One of the most frequent questions I receive is "Can you still buy typewriter ribbon"? The answer is "Yes!".  We're very fortunate that typewriter ribbons continue to be manufactured and sold.  One can buy ribbons for most typewriters, everything from the Selectric I typewriter to vintage manual typewriters of all kinds. The next question often is, "Where can I buy a typewriter ribbon?".  I'm happy to report there are several good businesses that can ship a typewriter ribbon right to your door.  Let me name a few that I've had good experiences with. Baco Ribbon.  This is my go-to vendor for typewriter ribbons that I use and resell.  The customer service is outstanding and the ribbons are great.  Baco ribbons are...

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Why I think IBM Selectrics Are the Best Electric Typewriter Ever Made

If you know me, you know about my fondness for IBM Selectric typewriters.  I personally own several--everything from the Selectric I to the Selectric III.    Why do I think the Selectric is the best electric typewriter?  Let me give you a few reasons.  Feel free to add some more of your own.   IBM designed the Selectric to run 8 hours per day, every day.  It was designed and made for business use.  After all, there are thousands still in use today.  Small, inexpensive, personal electrics won't hold up to that kind of use and certainly don't last as long.  Many of the Selectrics manufactured in the 1960s (and 70s and 80s) are still being used today.  Can you say...

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