1914 Underwood 5 #0-720234-3
Status: My Collection
Created: 02-24-2015 at 05:10AM
Last Edit: 02-24-2015 at 05:14AM
A challenge. There is no other word for this typewriter.
I got it in a miserable condition. Rust everywhere, and everything was covered with some sticky stuff, as if someone had completely greased it. For what I managed to learn, this machine had ben lying in a warehouse by the sea in Barcelona for many decades, and IÂ´m trying to do something about it.
The cleaning process will be long, dismantling everything, cleaning it piece by piece and then putting it back together, with the (maybe vain) hope of making it work again because it seems to be complete and beneath the damage there is a beautiful typewriter.
There has been a bit of a challenge with the identification, too. I think itÂ´s a NÂº 5, and the serial number is so damaged I needed a powerful flashlight and pencil and paper to make out something, but I hope I got it right.
Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
The first typewriter I saw was my grandpaÂ´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didnÂ´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98. Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter only returned home in 2017, almost 20 years later, when he wanted a better typewriter.
A collection that started small grew into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.
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