I've got a 55 Silent that looks almost identical (mine's got some stripes on the ribbon cover). It is a really nice typer and you are right, it is pretty quiet.I've been finding good homes for my remaining typers that are currently in my cold workshop. With 5 typers in the house, all some of the best typers I have ever used, its hard to justify the rest.
Thanks for sharing. These are definitely excellent typewriters!
very nice machine; and I like the typeface too.
That's a great machine. I have one just like it. I recently had the platen recovered. I like that yours has the original sound-deadening felt; I had to replace mine as some of it was missing. It is quite a snappy, simple machine, and they look great. The story of how you obtained yours is great.
I just gave a Silent-Super to Ryan of Treatise on Pedestrianism that looks a bit like this. I read somewhere (Will Davis pages maybe?) that these are basically the very best portables (a matter for debate to be sure).
I love that you can take out the platen very easily. They are easy machines to service and do have a nice, quiet action.
Just got my first typewriter. Absolutely love it, yet I am concerned about the noise. Going to have to keep my eye out for something quieter.
It's interesting to me that there's so much variation in the Smith-Corona Sterling line, through the years. I've got one from 1945 which has a "pebbled" black finish with shiny black stripes, very classy -- looks very "Forties", and yours definitely screams the "Fifties".But the type font and characteristics you describe are exactly the same.I will be posting a typecast later today using this machine. Yes, they're great!
Gorgeous little machine it is. My dad had an old Royal when I was growing up. I don't know what model but it was big, and heavy and I spent hours on it. Recently all grown up I went searching for a manual. I had that old Royal in mind.....eventually I came across this SC Sterling. Machine and case both mint condition. Fellow in an antique shop through it in for free after I bought a vintage bicycle. I would have paid $100 for it. I love it because it looks like a miniature version of the Royal. It's gorgeous and functional and doesn't weigh as much as a Volvo.
Just got one of these this afternoon. It's in excellent condition and works wonderfully. I'm so glad you posted this....I was racking my brain on how to change the tab stops!
Thanks for this post. I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out how to set the tabs until I found your blog entry. Mine only came with two pins, but I only use one of them anyway.