Smith-Corona Skyriter (1960s)
The jet set crowd needs a tool for their age, and by its looks, the Smith-Corona Skyriter is just the thing to get you there. Its got the round metallic lines of a Pan Am Boeing 707. If your next assignment requires you to drop everything and hop on the next flight to Buenos Aires, then all you need to do is throw the Skyriter in its bag and off you go. It’ll easily fit under your seat or the overhead. And once you check into your hotel room, put it on your desk and start working. This typewriter is low, stout and sturdy. You won’t miss your desktop model. There’s nothing light or flimsy about a Smith-Corona. They’re work horses. And the Skyriter can hold up to the thousands of words a week you can throw at this thing. The keys strike easily, yet with authority. You won’t feel cheated when you use this typewriter. In fact, you’ll probably want to continue your story even when the call of the bar beckons. And don’t be shy about making a racket with this typewriter, it’s quiet and fast. The typeface has a strong, muscular quality, lending your writing authority, but without heavy handedness. If you’re considering other ultra-portable typewriters, such as the Olivetti Lettera or Hermes Rocket, the sturdy Skyriter has the guts to get the job done, but without the flashy style of its European counterparts. That doesn’t mean it lacks good looks, with its taut, lean lines, it exudes simplicity and a get-the-job-done mentality. If writing is your job, the Skyriter is your kind of typewriter.