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1926 Underwood Portable 4 Bank Serial # 4B 72445 1926 Underwood Portable 4 Bank typewriter, Serial # 4B 72445 Michael Bartelt's 1926 Underwood Portable 4 Bank typewriter. 2021-03-05 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Michael Bartelt: 1926 Underwood Portable 4 Bank Serial # 4B 72445 For nearing one hundred years since its manufacture, this machine types great. The glass keys are quintessentially classic, and these early Underwood Portables were favorites of many pre- and post-War writers. The Magician Orson Welles had one - same year - in simulated woodgrain, fitting for an artist with a keen aesthetic eye and a consummate flare for the dramatic. When you're in a good groove with your fingers striking the keys just right, it's almost like hitting all the frets on a guitar in perfect harmonic pitch. The metal ridges that rise slightly over the individual keys create this fret-ish effect. I've grown accustomed to using this machine to re-write and edit things that have already gone through multiple stages of drafting and revision - by no means in the everyday rotation. After all, she's got to last another hundred years!

Writers: Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Orson Welles, Pablo Neruda

1926 Underwood Portable 4 Bank #4B 72445

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Michael Bartelt (ProtestPoetics)
Created: 10-09-2020 at 04:01PM
Last Edit: 03-05-2021 at 11:54PM


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For nearing one hundred years since its manufacture, this machine types great. The glass keys are quintessentially classic, and these early Underwood Portables were favorites of many pre- and post-War writers. The Magician Orson Welles had one - same year - in simulated woodgrain, fitting for an artist with a keen aesthetic eye and a consummate flare for the dramatic. When you're in a good groove with your fingers striking the keys just right, it's almost like hitting all the frets on a guitar in perfect harmonic pitch. The metal ridges that rise slightly over the individual keys create this fret-ish effect. I've grown accustomed to using this machine to re-write and edit things that have already gone through multiple stages of drafting and revision - by no means in the everyday rotation. After all, she's got to last another hundred years!

Writers: Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Orson Welles, Pablo Neruda

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Hunter: Michael Bartelt (ProtestPoetics)

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I'm an AP English instructor and poet who has married my processes and passions to these fine, old machines.



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