1958 Smith Corona SKYRITER *ULTRA-PORTABLE* Working Manual Typewriter

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CAN A TYPEWRITER SAVE YOUR LIFE AND BRING YOU EXTREME HAPPINESS?
YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!

Let's say you finally take that post-pandemic trip you've been dreaming of.
You pack your SKYRITER and off you go to "Cooba".
You check into your posh hotel and the next day you get kidnapped.
In a show of good faith you chuck your iphone into the sea but clutch the SKYRITER to your chest.
You are allowed to keep it.
You are now a hostage of the Revolution for Peace.
They hide you in plain sight in Vedado.
You offer to type your own ransom note "fuera de la red", off the grid. You ask for enough to fund the revolution for a year.
You pass the time playing dominoes and cards with the guards.
You type up your grandmother's recipe for Albondigas soup and win over the cook.
You tell funny stories about the Skyriter, nicknamed "The Pancake", your jailers are charmed.
You become the *cachetero* or dagger man, the SKYRITER your weapon.
Your captors commission you to type up "propaganda pacifica", these are distributed all over the island, the people are elated.
La Policia are baffled, there is no IP address to trace.
When peace is achieved for the first time in 60 years, they set you up in a rooftop apartment and name a bar after you and your machine :
***La Rubia y El Panqueque***
You type a letter to your family back home assuring them you are fine with the small fiction of having become a champion butter sculptor in Iowa, where sadly cell phone reception is crap, you'll see them at Christmas. You sign it "La Rubia"

THIS IS WHAT A TYPEWRITER CAN DO FOR YOU.

ABOUT:

This particular machine is in VERY GOOD used condition and will come to you FULLY LOADED.
It comes with its original vinyl leatherette case, a laminated copy of the users manual, NEW non-skid typewriter pad, NEW clear dust cover, and a NEW Black SILK ribbon has been installed. (Silk ribbons last nearly 4 times longer than nylon, fyi.)

The SKYRITER has a cult-following among typewriter enthusiasts and collectors who lovingly refer to it as "The Pancake". Weighing in at 7.3 pounds on the desk - or your lap - it is a favorite among writers on weekend retreats and daytrippers due to its rugged portability and no-nonsense mechanics.

RECOMMENDED FOR: ANY Typewriter Enthusiast looking for a simple, BASIC travel typer built for regular daily use.

THIS IS NOT the best machine for: Shiny Object Collectors, Toddlers or Key Choppers

COSMETICALLY: The SKYRITER is in VERY GOOD condition. The exterior shows minor age-patina around the metal components and the paint has very little scuffing and no chips, dents or gouges. All name badges and decals are in place. The space bar exhibits some wear consistent with this model and this detail is visible in pic 9.
The case has been cleaned and sanitized and the zippers have been lubricated to function without resistance.

MECHANICALLY: The SKYRITER is in EXCELLENT condition. All features are in full working order and the platen has been treated to renew its grip. The platen has a durometer reading of 89.5, or "hard" and maintains plenty of grip to paper and is not loud when struck by the typebars.
The margin bell has been repaired and the entire machine has been serviced and thoroughly tested.

The typeface or "font" is the eye-pleasing PICA No. 1, yielding 10 characters per inch.

The SKYRITER is fitted with the same comfortable key tops as all machines in the Super 5 series which makes for less fatigue when typing for long periods of time. To that end please note, this typewriter is carriage shifted, as opposed to basket shifted - this simply means you're going to develop muscles in your pinky fingers, and who doesn't long for that?

Also worth noting, the Carriage Return Arm is the smaller size "chicken-wing" version, as opposed to the longer full-size lever on newer models.

This machine has been fitted with a fresh Black SILK ribbon which is good for over 1200 typed pages, as opposed to nylon which allows for 350.

DETAILS;

Make: Smith Corona
Model: SKYRITER
Serial # : 3Y 139965
Year: 1958
Made In: USA
Keyboard: QWERTY
Typeface: PICA No. 1 10cpi
Color: Tan/White

FEATURES:
- Ultra-Portability
- Touch Selector
- Line Spacing (2) settings
- Retractable Page Support
- Manual Ribbon Reverse

INCLUDED:
- Original Leatherette Travel Case
- Laminated Copy of User's Manual
- Touch Typing Chart
- NEW Black SILK Ribbon
- NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad
- NEW Clear Dust Cover

NOTES:
This machine weighs in at 8.8 lbs. in its travel case, 7.3 lbs. on the desktop
Measurements are 12" x 11" x 3"

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IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE:

This machine has received a thorough cleaning and servicing by the seller, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact before your purchase. While I do not offer returns, I do guarantee my buyer's satisfaction. I only sell machines in working condition that have been cleaned and serviced by myself or a professional shop.

USPS Priority shipping is included for U.S. deliveries inside the 50 states; should you need to upgrade to expedited shipping, these options are available at an additional cost to the buyer during checkout, as are international shipping options.

Please expect normal delays for delivery within the U.S.A. due to Covid 19 and the upcoming election - should delays occur, please show consideration for our valued USPS workers during this pandemic & election year.
If you're purchasing for a destination outside the U.S. please allow 4-8 weeks for delivery during this unusual time in the world.

SHIPPING 411 :
Shipping within the continental U.S.A is free.
Hawaii and Alaska, please contact before purchase as there may be additional costs associated with delivery.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING is available to some countries, please add to cart to see if your location qualifies - shipping cost is not included for international sales and will be the buyer's responsibility to purchase.

A PHYSICAL ADDRESS, FIRST & LAST NAME, & TELEPHONE NUMBER MUST BE PROVIDED FOR INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY

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Thank you for your patronage stay safe out there.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

Please contact me to find out when this item will be ready to ship.

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 1 - 3 business days
  • Europe : 6 - 10 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

Please let me know if you would like a personalized message sent with your purchased item, especially if it is a gift - I will include in the packaging with 24-hr notice of ship date.

Care instructions

I insure all my machines when shipping and generally require signature upon receipt, especially if it's a non-residential address. If you would like your item delivered without the signature requirement, please notify the shop upon ordering.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Packaging these delicate machines for shipment is a must and Teipiadur uses high quality cardboard boxes, lots of peanuts, bubble wrap, airbags, strapping tape to reinforce box corners,and specific handling labels for the carrier to understand the fragility of their freight. All typewriters are fully insured and trackable.

If your purchase is a gift, choose Teipiadur Gift Wrap from the shop listings and add to cart for an added special touch.
Be sure to communicate the name of the gift recipient and any personal message to be included.

Will I Need To Purchase a Ribbon for my Typewriter

Not right away. Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur comes with a brand new ribbon installed so you may begin typing at once. The type of ribbon installed on your new typewriter is clearly denoted in the listing.
Here is the 411 on ribbon:
A new NYLON ribbon will last for @ 350 pages of type; a new COTTON ribbon is good for @ 700 pages, and a premium SILK ribbon is good for up to 1500 pages.

Return & Exchange Policy Explained

While Teipiadur has an *ALL SALES ARE FINAL* policy, I prioritize customer satisfaction. If your order arrives severely damaged, or not functioning please contact me immediately - WITHIN 3 DAYS OF DELIVERY - and document any defects. All machines are sold in full working order so damage or functionality concerns will likely be a shipping issue. Failure to notify me within this parameter will nullify your claim and limit my ability provide reparation.

Vintage 101

VINTAGE - as applied to typewriters in this shop - means the typewriters are likely older than you, or possibly your parents.

All machines are in USED / PREVIOUSLY OWNED condition, bearing age-related marks + wear conducive to time and use.

Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur has been serviced/restored to full functionality, cleaned, inside and out, polished and listed with accurate notes and pictures depicting any major flaws or discrepancies.

While all typewriters offered for sale are in perfect working condition, expect your typewriter to show some visible signs of age. These are generally a testament to the machine's charm and history, not detractors.

Always ask questions before purchasing to insure your satisfaction.

Shipping News

Teipiadur offers FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders within the continental U.S.

If you prefer expedited shipping, simply choose that option at checkout and the additional shipping charge will be added to your final cost.

If local pickup in Sonoma, CA is desired, a flat shipping fee of $35 will be refunded once the transaction is complete.

Additional charges may apply for the following:
P.O. Box
APO/FPO
Alaska
Hawaii

Should the above apply, please provide your ZIP code with request for custom rate prior to your checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: Teipiadur generally ships via USPS as they take the greatest care in handling these delicate machines and deliver in an expedited manner with reliable tracking.

Care instructions

A personalized letter is included with each typewriter and details basic operational instructions as well as some useful typewriter related links.

NOTE: Please be mindful of the 3-day window to provide feedback regarding performance issues. Please give your typewriter a test run right away - Teipiadur WILL NOT be responsible for mechanical issues reported after 72 hours of receipt.

Reviews (1)

Average:

This was my first typewriter purchase as I haven’t used one since high school. I LOVE that it is so portable and easy to use. I can’t say enough about buying from the Teipiadur store. The communication was fabulous from purchase to post purchase. From the typed letter addressed to me on Snoopy paper to the detailed instructions outlining everything I need to know about my specific typewriter to the careful wrapped parcel....it was just a dream to receive and use. I would highly recommend anyone thinking of buying a typewriter to buy one here.


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