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.
In terms of typing lots and lots of words, by comparison to the Splendid 33, which would you prefer for the heavy duty workload? Thanks for your help, Daniel. Love the site.
Not to sure if the 1960’s model is different to the 1950’s model but, the 1950’s model came in a metal carrying case which, to be honest, I absolutely hate in comparison to the fabric type of case of the Lettera
The fabric cases are nice, but often the zipper got undone from the case. Ugh. I love the snap on shell of the Hermes Rocket!
Hello. I just found your site and have enjoyed reading it. I bought a Smith-Corona Silent-Super a couple of months ago. I’ve since seen a couple of ads listing the Skywriter. Both times I went to the antique store only to learn they had sold just hours before I arrived. I do like the idea of having a more portable typewriter. Is the universe trying to tell me there’s a better typewriter for me than the Skywriter? 🙂
Absolutely love my Skyriter, they were the laptops of their day!
Just purchased a lovely Sky writer, possibly 1951 model? As there are no stripes on the top. It has no serial number, so I can’t be sure. Did this model have a bell?does it reverse the ribbon when it reaches the end, or will I be doing that manually?
I bought it for $10.00 at an antique shop going out of business. Cleaned it with mineral spirits and sparingly oiled with sewing machine oil.
Please advise if this was wrong to do, the keys were sticky from old oil and it was dusty, but seems ok now.
For sure has a bell! And a ribbon reverse. Mineral spirits are a great way to remove the gunk! Check out the manual here. To find the serial number, refer to figure 4.
Click to access SCSkyriter1955.pdf