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Smith Premier 10

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Smith Premier Typewriter Company , Syracuse, NY , USA
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The Smith Premier 10 was the last in the legendary line of Smith Premier full keyboard typewriters. It was also the only frontstrike typewriter with a full keyboard ever built. And it was the last of the Smith Premiers that were produced by the Smith Premier Typewriter Company itself.

There is more than the double keyboard that reminds us of the earlier SP typewriters. A very odd feature for instance is the fact that the platen of the SP10 can be lifted, as if it were an upstrike blind writer. The only advantage of this is that the platen can be easily taken off the machine. That in turn is necessary to replace the ribbon, that was fixed in the back of the machine. The ribbon itself had to be fed under carriage, up through the ribbon vibrator and back down under the carriage.

The construction of the SP10 was not as sturdy as that of earlier models. Particulary the rods used to drive the type against the paper, were now made of wire.

When the Smith Premier Company finished business, this was not the end of the legendary name. The Remington company used the name for many years on certain models.

Courtesy of: Robert collection