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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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IBM Wheelwriter Typewriter Maintenance

If you own an IBM Wheelwriter or are thinking of purchasing one, here are some handy tips on keeping your typewriter in tip top shape. Change the batteries once per year.  Most IBM Wheelwriters have a battery pack (that is viewable by raising the lid and looking down inside the typewriter).  Since they're out of sight, it's easy to forget that those batteries need to be changed regularly.  Batteries that stay in the machine too long can leak and cause significant damage to the typewriter. Keep foreign objects out of the typewriter.  Stray paper clips, staples, binder clips, thumb tacks, and other metal objects can cause shorts in the circuit boards.  Try to inspect the machine at least weekly to...

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A Word About Buying a Typewriter Online

  I don't know how many typewriters we've sold on our online store and shipped across the country but there have been dozens.  We've even shipped a typewriter as far away as Hawaii while shipping some just down the road from us. If you've never attempted to ship a large, heavy, fragile item before, it's a real challenge.  Generally speaking, it's always a bad idea to subject a vintage typewriter to the rigors of shipping but it can be done fairly successfully.  Over the last three years, we've learned the best practices of shipping a typewriter while also experiencing what it's like to have a typewriter arrive at your door that someone didn't pack well and see the damage that...

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