I was sort of looking for a functional portable typewriter that I could refer to while I restored the Corona 4. When I work on my Oliver, I wish I had a second functional Oliver to which I could compare mechanisms in action.
I found this typewriter and she is not only functional – she is exquisitely pristine.
1938 Corona Sterling
Serial Number: 2A 39626
As Ron Burgundy would say, “Boy, that escalated quickly.” We now have a family of four typewriters – two nonfunctional.
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My Corona Sterling is the Garbo of typewriters. She appears to have retired soon after she rolled off the factory assembly line. She must have spent most of her life in the seclusion of her case because she is remarkably well-preserved despite being 77 years old. There are some small nicks where the carriage return lever hit the cover plate, some decal fading, a few scratches, and some tape residue, but she really is in superb shape.
However. I don’t know if this Corona Sterling will stay long with us. Frankly, she makes me a bit uncomfortable. I can’t touch her without feeling that I am somehow sullying her. My typewriter tastes lean toward the junky and broken – she is just too fine and clean for our house.
So she sits mute and beautiful in my living room – until you touch the keys and she whirs into life – like a ROBOT.
In any case, I need her for the time being so that I can examine her inside workings while I try to fix that Corona 4.