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1942 Underwood S Serial # S5552082-12 1942 Underwood S typewriter, Serial # S5552082-12 Crystal Carney's 1942 Underwood S typewriter. 2022-01-23 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Crystal Carney: 1942 Underwood S Serial # S5552082-12 Got this from a Goodwill auction. Spacebar is broken and everything is sluggish and frozen, but otherwise looks to be in good condition.

Update: After a thorough cleaning I’ve got everything moving although some keys are still sluggish. There’s some minor rust inside that might be slowing things down.
I hadn’t noticed before, a special mathematical key in an otherwise standard keyboard layout. I’m thinking maybe it was special ordered.

1942 Underwood S #S5552082-12

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Crystal Carney (illarai)
Created: 09-28-2021 at 12:05PM
Last Edit: 01-23-2022 at 01:12PM


Description:

Got this from a Goodwill auction. Spacebar is broken and everything is sluggish and frozen, but otherwise looks to be in good condition.

Update: After a thorough cleaning I’ve got everything moving although some keys are still sluggish. There’s some minor rust inside that might be slowing things down.
I hadn’t noticed before, a special mathematical key in an otherwise standard keyboard layout. I’m thinking maybe it was special ordered.

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The keys require a bit of pressure to type, but I imagine that would become easier with more use.

Poor thing was home to rodents at one time and saw lots of water and neglect, freezing all the mechanisms.
The keys require a bit of pressure to type, but I imagine that would become easier with more use. Poor thing was home to rodents at one time and saw lots of water and neglect, freezing all the mechanisms.

I reconstructed the right knob after it was broken in shipping. I’m missing a few small fragments that I might fill for appearances.
I reconstructed the right knob after it was broken in shipping. I’m missing a few small fragments that I might fill for appearances.

There’s some kind of white paint on the back corners that doesn’t readily come off with scrubbing or alcohol.
There’s some kind of white paint on the back corners that doesn’t readily come off with scrubbing or alcohol.


I carved a temporary foot out of cork and it works well to keep it stable. I also replaced layers of felt between the rubber feet and metal caps on all feet, further stabilizing it.
I carved a temporary foot out of cork and it works well to keep it stable. I also replaced layers of felt between the rubber feet and metal caps on all feet, further stabilizing it.

Repaired spacebar is holding strong
Repaired spacebar is holding strong

Casting stamp underneath the front left foot.
Casting stamp underneath the front left foot.

Hunter: Crystal Carney (illarai)

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