Sunday, October 13, 2013

From the Smith-Corona Files: Skyriter Vintage '53






Sent from my '52-'53 Smith-Corona Skyriter. Thanks for reading!

10 comments:

  1. Nice. I've been tempted to get myself one of these, based on how nicely my '56 Silent Super types, but I already have a few slim and ultra-portable typewriters. Still, I may just crack one day and hunt around for a Skyriter.
    Congrats on a great machine!

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    1. Thanks, Teeritz! I would definitely recommend picking one up, if you come across a nice one.

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  2. Ahh, Skyriters. Great name, great machine. One of the classics for sure. (:

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    1. Absolutely! I need to use mine more often.

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  3. An aunt and uncle, inspired by my obsession, resurrected their Skywriter and even re-inked the old ribbon. After typing on it myself and noting the solid sound and feel, much better than most of the travel typewriters I've been collecting, I decided like you to have one. So far I have three, two "rode hard and put away wet , and one which with just a bit more work may be in a league with yours. This is a lot of jabber to say; I agree, these are great machines.

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    1. Thanks! And yes, I'm constantly surprised, each time I type on mine, just how tight ans solid these little things are. It stands in stark contrast to the (much) later Royalite portable I picked up a couple of weeks ago. Although roughly 20 years newer, the early 70's Royalite feels like a cheap kid's plastic toy, rather than a working machine.

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  4. These are solid and reliable machines - and preferable to the Zephyr / Zephyr Deluxe, for my money. Yours looks in good shape! Well done. -Will Davis

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    1. Thanks, Will! I like it even more than I thought I might.

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  5. I was in love with my Hermes Baby and Groma Kolibri until I got my first 1950 Skyriter. The typing action and that wonderful feel just got to me. Its an excellent machine for its size.

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    1. Hi Jose! I haven't tried either the Baby or the Kolibri yet - would love to, but haven't come across either one so far. The Skyriter does have a very nice feel to it, though. Surprising for such a small typer!

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