IBM Selectric Type Elements - Which One Fits My Selectric?

Type Elements for Selectric I and Selectric II Typewriters

If you are wondering which type element will fit your Selectric Typewriter, you've come to the right place!

If you own a Selectric I or Selectric II typewriter, looks for type elements with white writing on the top of the type element.  There are many more of these type elements available than the later Selectric III elements.  Look at the example below.  This is an Orator typeface that will fit either a Selectric I or Selectric II typewriter.

 

 IBM Selectric I and IBM Selectric II Type Element

IBM Selectric I and IBM Selectric II Type Element

Type Elements for IBM Selectric III Typewriter

If you own a Selectric III typewriter, choose a type element with yellow writing on the top of the type element.

 IBM Selectric III Type Element

IBM Selectric III Type Element

IBM Selectric III type elements will NOT fit Selectric II or Selectric I typewriters.  Likewise, the type elements for Selectric I & II machines will NOT work on a Selectric III.

Pitch

Each type element also shows the pitch of that type element.  For example, the photo above shows a Prestige Elite typeface type element that will fit an IBM Selectric III in 12 pitch.  12 pitch is also indicated by the open triangle (not filled in).  In the first photo, the Orator type element is a 10 pitch type element as indicated by the number 10 and the filled in triangle.

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