On Wednesday I found a couple typewriters – a Torpedo and a Skyriter – at my local junk store that needed a loving home.
These two are really good friends. They bonded during their captivity in the junk shop and now they are inseparable.
1957 Torpedo 18a
Serial number: 936000
The Torpedo was pretty dirty with lots of Wite Out splashes and some shellac-like substance dribbled on it. The Wite Out and shellacky stuff came up beautifully with Goo Gone and the Goo Gone didn’t seem to harm the paint. The Torpedo is a stunner in gorgeous pale blue-green. This Torpedo hasn’t got a TAB key, so she’s an 18a – I think that’s the difference between an 18a and 18b.
The “Made in Western Germany” sold me.
1952 Smith-Corona Skyriter
Serial number: 2Y 146881
This Skyriter is such a delicious little pancake, but it was the Skyriter’s metal cover that tipped me over the edge. Type the Clouds compared the Skyriter cover to a roasting pan. I am going to roast up a chicken in it tonight for dinner.
Both these machines are chock full of aesthetic appeal, but what really truly sealed the deal was the way they felt under my fingers.
For such a tiny machine, the Skyriter has a hardy, durable feel. I would happily take her on an airplane or on a cross-country road trip or on a backpacking trip or on safari.
The Torpedo has a different feel – that of a precision instrument – no clatter, just solid, classy efficiency. I feel noticeably classier when I type on it.
So now I am up to six typewriters. I think six is enough for the time being. No more distractions since I still need to finish up the Oliver and tear apart the Corona 4.
13 thoughts on “Now We Are Six: Torpedo and Skyriter”
Those are some nice machines. I am especially jealous of that Torpedo 😉
That Torpedo cleaned up beautifully – what a lovely machine. I feel fortunate to have stumbled upon her.
I like the red e key on the Torpedo. A random splash of colour, a kind of badge of its history. Looks a bit like a Lettera tab key.
That chicken will taste great, I’m sure 🙂
Ha! Skyriter Chicken = juicy + delicious.
I am sort of falling in love with the Torpedo’s red key – I call it the Nuclear Option key – appropriate for my Cold War beauty.
Lucky! it’s not often we fund junk shop Torpedoes in the States, and that Skyrighter’s a treat (:
I am lucky to live close to a major metropolitan area where cool typewriters arrived in the past and in a suburb that has little current interest in typewriters.
We’ll see how long “the time being” lasts! 😉
If I keep stumbling upon sweet little typewriters at the neighborhood junk shop, it won’t last long.
Richard is right! As he also was almost two years ago – when I started my journey into the wonderful world of typewriters – saying “it is a slippery slope” :). Now over 200 machines went through my hands and many of them are still hanging around…
I am slipping fast down this slope. Though I likely won’t hit 200 (!) in two years, I will probably get a few more.
Love, love, love the Torpedo. It’s the top of my search list on most days. What a great find! The Skyriter is super-cute. I must admit to a fondness for SCMs. It’s what I used at home growing up.
I remember when I had “just six” typewriters (I think)… It *is* a slippery slope! I wish you continued good fortune in your finds. It’s a treat to read you.
I pulled out the Torpedo recently and fell in love all over again. Despite a platen that is hard as a rock, it is a superb typewriter. It’s so nice to rediscover a typewriter.
Agreed! Like meeting up with a good old friend again.