1936 Corona Standard
Up for sale is a Corona Standard "Flat-top" (1C Series) which was manufactured in 1936. This typewriter is in excellent condition both cosmetically and mechanically, and is fully functional right down to the bell. The jet-black glossy paint is the highlight of this machine. The Corona Standard label above the keyboard is gold and crisp, however the labels on the front of the machine below the spacebar are slightly worn and whitened, and the Corona label on the rear is heavily worn. The paint has a few scratches, most notably on the top of the typebasket cover (see the picture after the type sample for a close-up) however the paint is largely in great condition overall. If you're like me, you'll find yourself dusting this machine frequently, since the paint shines like a mirror. The chrome is also in impressive shape and shines beautifully. This is one of few machines that these photos really don't do this machine justice. The carrying case is also in great condition inside and out, and has kept this typewriter preserved very well.
Mechanically, this typewriter is also a great typer. I wouldn't suggest writing anything like a novel on this typewriter, however it still can be used heavily and frequently. Universal ribbons (sold on this site) fit this typewriter perfectly. Despite being from 1938, this typewriter is ready to type for many years to come.
The owner's manual for this machine can be downloaded for free here: http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/CoronaInstructions1937.pdf
If you're looking for a classic '30s machine in excellentshape that's still ready to be used as a moderate workhorse, then this is a beautiful choice.