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1941 Underwood S Serial # S5380133-14 1941 Underwood S typewriter, Serial # S5380133-14 Michael Hoehne's 1941 Underwood S typewriter. 2020-01-10 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Michael Hoehne: 1941 Underwood S Serial # S5380133-14 A friend retrieved this and a Remington Portable from an abandoned building downtown. It works OK and is worth fixing the rest of the way. Impressively massive on a desk and still very mechanical despite having more shrouding than earlier models.

The degree sign is the only unusual symbol on the keyboard. The Shift Lock is on the right side only.

1941 Underwood S #S5380133-14

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Michael Hoehne (mhoehne)
Created: 01-30-2014 at 10:34PM
Last Edit: 01-10-2020 at 02:44PM


Description:

A friend retrieved this and a Remington Portable from an abandoned building downtown. It works OK and is worth fixing the rest of the way. Impressively massive on a desk and still very mechanical despite having more shrouding than earlier models.

The degree sign is the only unusual symbol on the keyboard. The Shift Lock is on the right side only.

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Has a degree symbol and the Shift Lock is on the right.
Has a degree symbol and the Shift Lock is on the right.

Access door for cleaning.
Access door for cleaning.



The serial number really stands out when rubbed over with a lead pencil.
The serial number really stands out when rubbed over with a lead pencil.

Cardholders down ...
Cardholders down ...

... cardholders up.
... cardholders up.

Very effective paper guides on the bail feed paper without hassle or even any special action.
Very effective paper guides on the bail feed paper without hassle or even any special action.

Non-slip CR/LF lever.
Non-slip CR/LF lever.

What does this little tab do? It moves in and out, but why?
What does this little tab do? It moves in and out, but why?

There is a little tab on the spool holder to rotate the ribbon guides into a position where you can actually thread the ribbon.
There is a little tab on the spool holder to rotate the ribbon guides into a position where you can actually thread the ribbon.

Nice casting.
Nice casting.




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