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1958 Smith Corona Skyriter Serial # 2y 344018 1958 Smith Corona Skyriter typewriter, Serial # 2y 344018 Richard Bettes's 1958 Smith Corona Skyriter typewriter. 2020-01-26 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Richard Bettes: 1958 Smith Corona Skyriter Serial # 2y 344018 This one was something of a surprise. I bought it off Ebay (first time on that site for a typer) . There was no serial or year listed, so I went by the ribbon cover and assumed it was a 1960, but when I received the machine, I looked at the serial # and discovered it was manufactured in 1958--one of the last of the 2y series. However, it has a 1960 ribbon cover. I got it for a very reasonable price, perhaps because the seller thought it unfixable. The type bars were completely frozen, but after careful cleaning they are now working perfectly. It has a nice light touch and is in otherwise excellent mechanical condition. This is my first experience with a Skyriter, but it does perform according to the reviews I've read: the alignment isn't perfect, and the short carriage return lever takes some getting used to, but it seems ideal for the use it was intended, to carry around on trips for letters and cards. It has replaced the old Royal O I used on trips.

1958 Smith Corona Skyriter #2y 344018

Status: My Collection
Created: 01-26-2020 at 05:38PM
Last Edit: 01-26-2020 at 05:44PM


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This one was something of a surprise. I bought it off Ebay (first time on that site for a typer) . There was no serial or year listed, so I went by the ribbon cover and assumed it was a 1960, but when I received the machine, I looked at the serial # and discovered it was manufactured in 1958--one of the last of the 2y series. However, it has a 1960 ribbon cover. I got it for a very reasonable price, perhaps because the seller thought it unfixable. The type bars were completely frozen, but after careful cleaning they are now working perfectly. It has a nice light touch and is in otherwise excellent mechanical condition. This is my first experience with a Skyriter, but it does perform according to the reviews I've read: the alignment isn't perfect, and the short carriage return lever takes some getting used to, but it seems ideal for the use it was intended, to carry around on trips for letters and cards. It has replaced the old Royal O I used on trips.

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Short Carriage return lever
Short Carriage return lever





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I am a retired printer going back to letterpress and hot type days, and just recently have begun collecting. I have acquired four typewriters so far, ranging from the 30's to the 60's; two Royals and two Smith-Coronas (well, almost two--one is a Sears Tower Commander). I love working on small machinery, and have been known to do a bit of woodworking occasionally. Also play guitar and mandolin and have been spotted at picnics and barbecues playing in string bands (Americana). I think old cars are great as well.
I don't have a preference for a specific style or date of typewriter yet, but seem drawn to mid-century portables. I'd like to try a few desktops to complement my writing, but we'll see what the budget and my wife's sanity can tolerate.



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