Serial #3Y 196399
This solid little typer was made during the last year of the ten year run of the Skyriter. It is said that it was designed to fit (and stay) on an airplane tray table. This one now frequently rests happily on the dinette table in our RV where I continue my letter-writing while looking out on views from the Anza-Borrego Desert to the Northern California Coast.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Almost at the same instant that the idea occurred to me of how much fun it might be for my children (7) and grandchildren (13) to get letters - real letters in the mail - i went digging through the dusty nether regions of our storage area to pull out my beloved 1957 Olympia SM3 Portable and the old Royal 10 I'd rescued from a neighbor's garbage can in the 1960's. Refurbishing them triggered a typewriter obsession. Don't tell my wife, but i believe there are now about 20 of them.
I love their looks, their intricate and precise mechanisms, and dinking around in the workshop tuning them up and bringing them back to life. i also, unfortunately, love the thrill of the hunt on eBay. But all of them are put to use for correspondence and my new hobby of decorated art letters. And sometimes they even inspire a bit of poetry.
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