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:
mpclemens says: These Brother-made machines are so
common, it's like they were meant to be
personalized. This just looks like
watermelons and summertime to me. This
typewriter wants to go outside and play
by the pool.
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: I can't pass up anything with a racing
stripe. I love the contrast between
eras, too -- the modern racing with the
decidedly vintage typewriter. The only
thing this lacks is whitewalls on the
mpclemens says: Olympia missed the stylistic boat giving
their early SM line the easily-dirtied
crinkle finish. This glossy paint job
is classy, and shows off that handsome
curved design to full effect.
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
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.
mpclemens says: From Underwood's "beige"
period. This just goes to show what a
little creative scouting around the shed
can do for a typewriter afflicted with
the blahs. Leftover copper-color
textured paint classes up this tiny
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