1907 Underwood 5 #163396
Status: My Collection
Created: 04-05-2019 at 01:40PM
Last Edit: 04-27-2019 at 10:01AM
This thing is awesome! A few years ago I mis-dated this as a 1916 No. 3, but I recently did some extra research and found out that it is actually a 1907 No. 5, which according to a few of the sites I've read is quite rare and sought after! Apparently, 1907 was the only year that they made this No. 5 model without the color changer and backspace keys. I also was able to find out when I bought it that it spent most of its life at a CP Rail station in Saskatoon at the front desk. The biggest downside to my No. 5, is that the frame has been painted over in black at some point in its life (apparently this was quite a common practice by businesses reselling these in the 30's and 40's). This is also what lead me to mis-identify it a few years ago. Some of the original gold artwork is showing though in a few areas, and I'd love to find a way to strip the black paint off without ruining what is underneath. It doesn't currently type well, as it is in need of an oiling and a new ribbon, but that's a project for another day. It's another really interesting piece of history that I love having in my collection. This one sits on display in my living room :)
Hunter: Dallas Kirkpatrick (Kirkpatrick14)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I am a Typewriter Enthusiast from Saskatchewan, Canada!
I fell in love with typewriters around 2015, when I purchased my first (and favourite) typewriter; a mint condition, all original 1933 Imperial Good Companion. I bought it for $60 from a lady whose father used it in Vienna and North Africa during WWII. The stories connected to each machine always fascinate me, and finding old documentation or personal touches added over the years always intrigue me.
Some of my favorite machines to type are my '57 Smith-Corona Silent Super, and my '62 Olivetti Lettera.
Today, I love every aspect of typewriter hunting. I enjoy searching for good deals on specific models that interest me, doing a bunch of research about each typewriter that I get, and cleaning and using every machine that I can! I mostly prefer portables from the 20's to the late 60's.
Typewriters not currently in my collection that I would really like to have include a Hermes 2000/3000, and Olympia SM3.
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