24 January 2012

My Smith-Coronas and Coronas

The Corona Silent (1939), a sleek black glossy typewriter:

Corona Silent, Speedline body

Corona Silent, Speedline body

A Corona Zephyr. A very sleek, attractive. light, portable typewriter with a robust metal snap on case. Beautiful glass keys and a marvelous simple design. A good experiment in ultra-portables which would be perfected with the Skyriter...Zephyrs are not that great for typing although they are good for short (a page or two) texts on the go. The carriage return "lever" is merely a minor step up from manually pushing the carriage over and advancing it by turning the platen knob a click.

Corona Zephyr

The Smith-Corona Skyriter (in case) and Smith-Corona Silent (1949), crinkle painted highest quality typewriters of the post war era. There is nothing better in the world of portable typewriters than these (there are some irrational fans of Olivettis, Olympias, and some other typewriters, but that is just illogical brand loyalty. Smith-Coronas are the best.).
Smith-Corona Skyriter and Smith-Corona Silent

Same Skyriter out of case (note, that metal case is the same type used for the Zephyr. Later Skyriters came with zipper cases although the metal snap on ones still fit).

Smith-Corona Skyriter

These pre-war and post-war typewriters are of a legacy which will live on for years to come although the company which spawned them has fallen from grace. I know who the owners of many of these typewriters were and I am happy to be a part of their continuing legacy. They were bought when they were the peak of business machines, and now they are a fringe interest, but hopefully, as long as we use the alphabet, they will be used as the Ultimate Pen.


  1. I'm a big fan of Smith-Corona typewriters. My Sterling (1945) and Silent-Super (1956) are superb machines: solid, dependable craftsmanship.