1929 Underwood 5 #3559677-5
Status: My Collection
Created: 12-21-2013 at 09:39AM
Last Edit: 01-01-2014 at 11:17PM
I love this machine. Wondrous mechanical innards. Clear, non-smudged impressions, good feel and sound, everything works. Platen hard as flint - on short list for recovering. Carriage drags toward the extreme right - card holder may be binding against the paper hold down. Great bell. Love the ribbon crank. It deserves to be cleaned and shined up. (Done December 26, 2013 - need new photos!). Knobs are crumbling a bit, but epoxy should make them serviceable.
Hunter: Anthony Mindling (tmindling)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Almost at the same instant that the idea occurred to me of how much fun it might be for my children (7) and grandchildren (13) to get letters - real letters in the mail - i went digging through the dusty nether regions of our storage area to pull out my beloved 1957 Olympia SM3 Portable and the old Royal 10 I'd rescued from a neighbor's garbage can in the 1960's. Refurbishing them triggered a typewriter obsession. Don't tell my wife, but i believe there are now about 20 of them.
I love their looks, their intricate and precise mechanisms, and dinking around in the workshop tuning them up and bringing them back to life. i also, unfortunately, love the thrill of the hunt on eBay. But all of them are put to use for correspondence and my new hobby of decorated art letters. And sometimes they even inspire a bit of poetry.
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