Customized writing machines, made all prettified.
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mpclemens says: Bubblegum pink is perfect for this machine. Smith-Corona experimented with styles in the early 50s on their machines, adding sleek "racing stripes" on the lids, but then sadly stopped and made them more "serious." The pink puts the whimsy back in this fun little typer.
mpclemens says: Excellent choice of colors on this one: it's period-perfect and contracts nicely with the green knobs and keys. You'd never know this wasn't the original color. Even got the paper table and all the bits around the carriage colored: that's dedication.
mpclemens says: I had to look twice to realize this wasn't a factory-done paint job. Truly enhances the Olivetti style, and challenges the famed Valentine which is mechanically the same inside. I prefer the metal frame of the Lettera, though.
mpclemens says: Another pink typewriter! Not unheard of as an original color, but probably more fun than this little Swiss machine ever had in its life. Hermes missed the style boat by limiting itself to institutional grays and greens. There's a red-hot Rocket later on in the gallery.
mpclemens says: There's no doubt this is an improvement over the original battleship styling (look around the keys for a hint of the original color.) And it looks like decoupage is a perfectly workable typewriter-enhancement technique with no(?) dissembly required. Check out the finished paper table! Very glad that the original badge was left in place, too.
mpclemens says: Custom paint jobs: I love 'em. Especially when they're a marked improvement over the original color. Yes, the logo and badges are gone now, but the red is so complementary to the keys now that I don't mind a bit. See also the pink Hermes in this gallery.
mpclemens says: Supposedly, the dull-as-dishwater colors of typewriters in this era was deemed easier to look at, though time certainly does not agree, especially if you've ever priced one of the colorful period Royal portables on eBay. That leaves owners of these machines to take matters into their own hands. I like the cool green of the celery paint, though I wouldn't be sad to see it totally cover that boring greygreenbrownblah that S-C though was a good idea. Leave the badge and those racing stripes alone, and you've really got something. But all is forgiven when it sits on its own matching typing table.
mpclemens says: Not a full-blown customization job, but sometimes, less it more. The stickers speak to a time when radio was king and music was a little more communal. And those add-on green keytops (maybe a custom typeslug?) are something else. I wouldn't mind a typewriter with a complete set of those.
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