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1967 Olivetti-Underwood 21 Serial # 724446 1967 Olivetti-Underwood 21 typewriter, Serial # 724446 Kenneth Kruschka's 1967 Olivetti-Underwood 21 typewriter. 2021-06-30 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Kenneth Kruschka: 1967 Olivetti-Underwood 21 Serial # 724446 This 1967 Olivetti-Underwood 21 typewriter was a key choppers waste, dumped at Goodwill! It needed a few maintenance things (new ribbon, free up stuck ribbon feed pawl, cleaning, etc.), but the biggest thing was re-keying her. I used a parts Lettera 32's keyset, opening the shift keys application space (used a small Dremel tool w/ diamond bit) enough to allow them fitment onto the fatter shift keylevers. Puling key caps and transferring them over to another Olivetti is very intricate, so as not to crack the plastic--thank god for epoxies if you do--and will kill your fingers removing them by slowly wiggling , as it's all about "feeling" the keys as you remove them safely. The thing is: IT'S SO MUCH COOLER LOOKING NOW TOO WITH THE SQUARED STYLE KEYS--probably the only one in existence (vs the missing original type ones this machine would've had, in my opinion).

1967 Olivetti-Underwood 21 #724446

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Kenneth Kruschka (KenKruschka)
Created: 06-30-2021 at 03:15PM
Last Edit: 06-30-2021 at 03:30PM


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This 1967 Olivetti-Underwood 21 typewriter was a key choppers waste, dumped at Goodwill! It needed a few maintenance things (new ribbon, free up stuck ribbon feed pawl, cleaning, etc.), but the biggest thing was re-keying her. I used a parts Lettera 32's keyset, opening the shift keys application space (used a small Dremel tool w/ diamond bit) enough to allow them fitment onto the fatter shift keylevers. Puling key caps and transferring them over to another Olivetti is very intricate, so as not to crack the plastic--thank god for epoxies if you do--and will kill your fingers removing them by slowly wiggling , as it's all about "feeling" the keys as you remove them safely. The thing is: IT'S SO MUCH COOLER LOOKING NOW TOO WITH THE SQUARED STYLE KEYS--probably the only one in existence (vs the missing original type ones this machine would've had, in my opinion).

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After finding a Smith-Corona Coronet 12 at a curb-side (in Winter while walking the dog) I carried it home; after it thawed out and started coming back to life I was hooked. My interest in this hobby lead to taking two parts typewriters to create one good unit. This typewriter aliment is (pretty much) in-curable!



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