1914 Underwood 5 #674776
Status: My Collection
Created: 07-01-2018 at 10:53AM
Last Edit: 07-01-2018 at 11:19AM
The serial number decodes this typewriter as a 1914, although it may have been refurbished at one time, as the patent decal on the back shows the most recent patent date as May 8th 1917. What is also interesting is that the frame, under one of the foot pegs, is stamped with the number 797191 (this same number is also stamped to the right side of the carriage bar frame under the plated cover)....see photos.
When received, all of the rubber had dry-rotted off of the foot peg posts. I was able to find replacement pads with the 1/4-20 bolt thread on line.
Unfortunately, due to inadequate packaging, and mishandling by the USPS, it may be some time before this No 5 is operational again. Appears that during shipment, this machine was dropped hard on the right rear corner, which sheared off the carriage rail bolt and bent the footplate of the rail upward.
Hunter: Stephen Clancy (navyldolcdr)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Retired in June of 2015 and relocated from IL to NC (no more snow and cold but unfortunately, no more Portillo's Chicago dogs either). Missed my old manual typewriter and went on the hunt for a replacement. My first find was a 1920 Royal Model 10 (second design with the dual side glass) . Have always been very fond of typewriters, from the old portable that my mother used, to my first typing class in 1967, then on into the Navy where, as a Communications Yeoman, I worked on the AN/UGC-6 with the 28 ASR (automatic send receive) teletype machine as well as the IBM card punch machines in use at the time. I guess you can say that from 1967 onward, I have been typing on one machine or another, and now have started collecting as my little part in the preservation of the great machines of he past.
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