Folding Coronas from the early 20th Century make for attractive, if not cute, window displays. These are working machines in pristine condition.
$280 each at this Berkeley antique shop. The pics are from last summer.
Another fetching Corona 3 Folding, this time, a real
display-only piece. I took this shot in Orlando,
Florida, just a couple of weeks ago, at the house of
Ben Berinti, a friend of mine who is a co-retrophile.
Note the interesting vintage ensemble that complements
the Corona. The colorful tin on the top shelf is a 1933
Chicago World's Fair memento.
Ben has a second display-Corona
parked in his bedroom. I find
the oddly placed
back-space key of these machines
- upper right, below the platen -
And below is a contribution from another friend, Juan Acuña, who took this shot at a shop window in Vancouver, Canada, during the Christmas holiday. Easily one of the most photogenic machines around, the Oliver #9 was one of the stars of the film Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg, 1991). This model was produced in Chicago between 1915-1922. For me, it is the quintessential example of a typewriter whose astonishing beauty outlives it's functionality.
I will snag me an Oliver one day.
Universe, are you listening?
* Typecast via Triumph Perfekt