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Variations

If you're interested in learning more about variations associated with folding Coronas, you've come to the right place. I'm sure I've overlooked and neglected some noteworthy differences, but here is my attempt at cataloging the primary, easily-discernible differences among folding Coronas. 

 

Typefaces

  • Pica (available with Standard or Gothic numerals)

  • Elite (10 pitch; 12 pitch by special order)

  • Medium Roman (rare)

  • Italic (rare; only a few are know to exist)

  • Double Gothic (very rare; only one is known to exist)

 

Keyboards

  • Apothecary (available on every model, including the Standard Folding)

  • Legal

  • Mathematic

  • German, French, Spanish, Greek, Russian, and more

 

Logos

  • Standard Folding Typewriters varied between Old English type style and Roman type style for the primary logo. The Roman type style logo is extremely rare; only a few are known to exist. 

  • Early Corona 3 typewriters have “Standard Folding Typewriter” in parentheses beneath the primary Corona logo. These include both the "pivot arm segment" and the "bearing arm segment" variants.

  • Some early Corona 3 machines lack the pigeon logo on the paper table.

  • Corona 3 machines produced in 1915 shortly after the company name change have “Incorporated” written out beneath Corona Typewriter Company on the front of the frame. This is an uncommon variation, and it is unclear how many were made like this. Serial numbers tend to be 52XXX for this variation. 

  • Improved Model 3 typewriters made prior to the Smith-Corona merger have “Corona Typewriter Company” on the front of the frame, and post-merger typewriters have “LC Smith and Corona Typewriter Company” on the front of the frame.

 

Colors

  • Nearly all of the Standard Folding Typewriters were manufactured in unpainted aluminum. There is at least one early example that was painted black. 

  • All Corona No. 3 typewriters and Improved Model 3 typewriters were painted black at the time of manufacture.

  • Corona Specials were offered in red, green, and blue. They were also offered in black with gold, green, blue, or black crinkle paint around the Corona Special logo.

  • Corona Specials were occasionally offered in white or tan, but such color changes were made at the dealer level.

 

Foreign Name Variants

  • Albus – manufactured by licensee in Austria

  • Azed - manufactured by licensee in France

  • Atlas

  • Emka

  • Engler

  • Franconia

  • Proteus

  • Piccola – manufactured by licensee in Germany

  • Kopoha - rebranded for Russian market

  • Coronet – rebranded Corona Special offered by Harrod’s Department Store in the U.K.