1954 Skyriter

Here I have a Smith-Corona Skyriter from 1954.1954 S-C Skyriter main pic

It’s not the sexiest typewriter from that era, but it functions well.  I have another that needs some draw band repair, happily this one is fully functional.

1954 S-C Skyriter typed page

1954 S-C Skyriter S-C badgeI’ll probably get around to replacing the ribbon when I organize my first type-in later this year.  Folks in Erie deserve to experience the wonder of typewriters too, they just may not know it yet.  ~TH~

1954 S-C Skyriter strikes 1954 S-C Skyriter paper table

Karen Anderson Is …

I recently purchased a typewriter, and stamped clearly on the platen were the words;

Karen Anderson is

Karen Anderson is

This inspired the following poem.  What a wonderful writing prompt!  Who was Karen?  Did she herself type this?  Perhaps a friend?  More questions than answers.  Still, I couldn’t shake her from my mind.


Karen Anderson Is


Karen Anderson is…
stamped upon my platen, forever to be seen.
I wonder what she thought, and where she's been?

Perhaps she typed her own name,
thinking only later on,
that no one might quite find her,
with no paper drawn upon.

Yet here she is, sweet Karen,
and I wonder just what she is.
Is she drawn and quartered, married?
Is she paralyzed with fear?

That some may come one day,
and recognize her fear?
Might every breath be chaos now,
with death close, ever near'r?

Yes! Karen Anderson is,
and shall be to the end.
Will you and I be here or gone
when Karen on this platen fades?

So here we contemplate sweet Karen,
sweet Karen on this roller plate.
A typed omission of her past,
a stamped reminder of her fate.

~TH~    ---   March 11, 2015

Smith-Corona Electra SN-3LMA 136359

An interesting machine, I’m still trying to get an accurate date on it’s manufacture.  According to wikipedia, The SCM company opened it’s Singapore factory in 1973, so that’s the best I can do for the moment.  You can see more details at my typewriter database entry.  ~TH~

Smith-Corona Electra SN136359 main

full page descriptionSmith-Corona Electra -overheadSmith-Corona Electra -model plate

The Brother Signature 100

Brother Signature 100

Brother Signature 100

I now have seven typers in my collection, with two more on the way (via ebay purchases).  This one is my Brother Signature 100 – I believe it was hammered together in September of 1964 (based on the serial number).  If that is correct then I suspect it was one of the first in this model that was sold with a glossy finish.  Model Number EBK 8012A S100 Pica  — serial number J4526833

Overall I like the feel of it, and it travels very well!  ~TH~

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