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SORRY, SOLD! 1950 S.I.M. Typewriter in Original "Firehouse Red"
  • SORRY, SOLD! 1950 S.I.M. Typewriter in Original "Firehouse Red"

    €420.00 Regular Price
    €336.00Sale Price

    When people walk into our Gallery (Acme Studios in The Hague) their eyes are immediately drawn to this wonderful typewriter and their first reaction is usually: "How wild!", or some version of that sentiment in Dutch, French or Spanish. And I agree! (Note: the actual colour is as in the still photos; the short video was shot nearly in the dark.)
    Completely original, this is what the typewriter looked like in 1950. It has not been repainted at all!
    Not very much is known about SIM (or S.I.M.) typewriters although they were marketed, in small quantities, under various names, including S.I.M., in the 1940s and 1950s.

    About Acme (more about the typewriter below):
    Acme typewriters have been the choice of discerning collectors and writers more than 1,000 times since we began selling internationally in 2016. We safely ship your typewriter from our gallery in the Netherlands and delivery time to the US averages only 3 days—this is a quicker delivery time even than most domestic shipments within the US!  Acme typewriters are covered by a 1-year warranty, and come with lifetime customer-care. 

    With an ACME Typewriter, you know you are getting a fully-working--as original--typewriter. The only thing that you have to do is sit down, put paper on the roller and start typing. Your typewriter comes with the "Acme" lead certification seal which permanently identifies it as a genuine Acme-restored typewriter and proves that this machine was restored in 2023 by the Acme Type Machine Company. This can add value in the event that you wish to sell this typewriter in the future.

    This S.I.M. typewriter is perfectly fine to type with, but I would suggest it more for poems, notes, a journal, lists, and article--things like that. It would not be my first choice to write a novel on. It is in fully-working condition but doesn't have the smoothness or solidity of, say, an Olympia SM3 or the like. Nonetheless, it is perfectly suited to shorter works--and what fun to have it on your desk!

    The cosmetic condition is wonderful, as you can see. The chrome, though, has various spots of light corrosion--nothing dramatic, and, because you are blinded by the red anyway, it's not noticeable on casual observation. The typing keys appear well used but are solid and the chrome circlet caps are in fine condition. The slight discolouration in the  typing key tops is a factor of age--they are all original and have not been replaced.

    Mechanically, this typewriter works perfectly well. (In the photos, there is one typebar that does not sit flush with the others. That is a fluke. They all sit happily together in a line on the typebar rest.) The rubber feet are big and soft and grip the desk well. The paper feeder rollers are soft and grip the paper well. The platen is clean and smooth and makes a fine typing impression (see photo).

    The typeface is a handsome Elite (11 characters to the inch). The keyboard is QWERTY, with extra keys for European languages.  It has a new "Acme Signature" blue ribbon, on the two original metal ribbon spools so you can start typing immediately.

    This fine example of a S.I.M. typewriter will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to preserve its condition and beauty. We have a lot of experience in shipping typewriters and have an excellent track record for proper packing and safe delivery. It will be fully insured during shipment.

    See my buyer reviews and you will have confidence in your purchase. And don't hesitate to ask for more photos or message me with any questions.

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