Vintage Electronics and Technology Repair
Featured Vintage Typewriter : Smith Corona Zephyr II
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NAME : Zephyr II
The Smith Corona Zephyr II is a Combined Portable Typewriter and Carrying Case. Manufactured in England and patented with the US Patent Office in 1963. This machine is a redesigned version of an earlier Smith Corona portable model from the late 1930's, the Zephyr. It shares some of the new features of other Smith Corona portables of the era that were not included on the original model.
Very interesting, below are the original patent documents I found when I did an online search at the US Patent Office with the patent numbers I found on the identification plate under the ribbon cover. They're in PDF format if you want to download them.
COMBINED PORTABLE TYPEWRITER AND CARRYING CASE
The combination of the typewriter and the carrying case is characterized by having a bottom enclosing carrying case base of smoothly tapered exterior surfaces substantially merging with the sides, front and back of the typewriter near the bottom thereby providing a circumferential offset away from the typewriter so as to receive the carrying case lid.
TYPEWRITER PITCH (CPI)
The Zephyr II uses a fixed character pitch of 10. The pitch or cpi is a measurement used by typewriters and printers for the number of characters that can be printed or typed horizontally in a one inch line.
For example, a 10 cpi pitch typewriter (like the Zephyr II) or printer can type or print ten Letters, Numbers or Spaces per inch on a single horizontal line. It also produces six lines of text one inch vertically.
Figure 3: Type Font / Pitch Sample
(from a machine we're repairing)
POWER SPACE KEY
These are some of the machines operating features such as the paper gauge, carriage release lever and paper release lever. The images were taken from a Smith Corona Portable Typewriter Manual from the 1970's and don't exactly depict the Zephyr II but they're close enough to be functionally correct.
MANUAL RIBBON REVERSE
Reversing the direction of the ribbon feed is done automatically at the end of the ribbon. To reverse direction at anytime, move the manual reverse lever to the opposite position. The lever is located to the right of the left ribbon spool (Figure 8).
The Zephyr II uses a Smith Corona Corsair typewriter ribbon if you're looking for a replacement ribbon. If you have trouble locating a replacement at a reasonable price then you can use a universal typewriter replacement ribbon.
We have a very interesting post in our message forum on how to wind a new typewriter ribbon onto your old ribbon spools; Putting a new typewriter ribbon on old ribbon spools
Figure 8: Manual Ribbon Reverse Lever
INTERESTED IN OWNING ONE OF THESE MACHINES?
Are you interested in owning one of these very nice vintage portable typewriters? We have a professionally reconditioned one available for sale in our online store right now. You can click the below hyper-link if interested.
Available in our Online Store : Smith Corona Zephyr II - Portable Typewriter (1963)
We mainly work on electronic typewriters these days but we do have other manual typewriters available for sale in our shop. The manual typewriters really seem to be more popular nowadays.
Have a great day,
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