Well, the blues will come later (watch this space). In the meantime, here's the Zippity-Do-Dah typewriter! Stripped naked! And maybe not quite in the "Z" range of top-quality typewriters.
When, in 1938, Smith-Corona introduced this very basic Zephyr portable, as the American answer to the Swiss Hermes Featherweight-Baby, it did so at the cut price rate of $29.75. That apparently translates to $465.75 today, just $40.75 less than the price Charles Gu at myTypewriter.com charges for one of these. But bear in mind that in 1940, the average wage was $1725, the average cost of a new house $4000, a new car $850 and petrol was 11c a gallon. So $29.75 was about the price of a new suit.
Here are some "Before" images. Note the almost obligatory dead cockroach found under the carriage (circled in red): Deep-seated rust and layers of heavy muck aside, this fossil was a sure sign of the serious neglect this typewriter had suffered over 70 years.
I made my own decal for the stripped end product, the art work for which is here (with the original below it):
POSTSCRIPT: I thank Richard Polt for his prompt and positive comments. I did seriously contemplate repainting this Zephyr, even in a drab colour. But while the back section was easy to take apart (see photo with cockroach), I found it impossible to remove the workings and keyboard from the main outer casing, so a paint job was out of the question. I agree with Richard that this was turned out to be the best option. I don't know how Corona got the workings and keyboard in there; maybe the base was welded on later. Some early Royals have a welded front section, making them impossible to take apart completely.
In terms of the modernish, stylish design and body shape, remember that after the War, Corona returned this same model to the market as the Skyriter.