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The Selectric Typewriter


IBM engineers and researchers labored for seven years to bring the Selectric to life—and to the production lines at IBM’s US Electric Typewriter Division manufacturing plant in Lexington, Kentucky, and the international manufacturing plant in Amsterdam. Behind that development timeframe lay the painstaking engineering efforts that resulted in the suite of innovative functions and capabilities that the Selectric touted.

The Selectric II

Introduced a decade after the original Selectric, the Selectric II would become the most popular of all Selectric models. It offered enhanced functionality through several new breakthrough features.