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197X Underwood 319 Serial # 1362853 197X Underwood 319 typewriter, Serial # 1362853 T Perry's 197X Underwood 319 typewriter. 2020-07-26 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of T Perry: 197X Underwood 319 Serial # 1362853 Local find for a good price in working condition. A few easy fixes off the bat (ribbon was a tangled mess because missing spool nuts and ribbon cover) and cleaning off some of the gross greasy knots of eraser shavings got it typing just fine. A little too soft to the touch for my preferences, and backspace is in the "wrong" spot compared to my daily keyboard, but a robust metal machine (made in Spain) in a plastic skin and not a bad lap-typer. I appreciate all the line-spacing options, pretty good balance of other features. Cheerful pica type is easy on the eyes. Would like to do a more thorough clean and some minor repairs eventually: Spools don't always sit happily (goldilocks requirements on tightening the spool nuts), and a lot of the rubber washers and components have become hard and distorted (would like to replace).

197X Underwood 319 #1362853

Status: My Collection
Hunter: T Perry (taperry)
Created: 07-26-2020 at 05:09PM
Last Edit: 07-26-2020 at 05:25PM


Description:

Local find for a good price in working condition. A few easy fixes off the bat (ribbon was a tangled mess because missing spool nuts and ribbon cover) and cleaning off some of the gross greasy knots of eraser shavings got it typing just fine. A little too soft to the touch for my preferences, and backspace is in the "wrong" spot compared to my daily keyboard, but a robust metal machine (made in Spain) in a plastic skin and not a bad lap-typer. I appreciate all the line-spacing options, pretty good balance of other features. Cheerful pica type is easy on the eyes. Would like to do a more thorough clean and some minor repairs eventually: Spools don't always sit happily (goldilocks requirements on tightening the spool nuts), and a lot of the rubber washers and components have become hard and distorted (would like to replace).

Typeface Specimen:

Photos:

Front face.
Front face.

Side view.
Side view.

Plastic skins removed.
Plastic skins removed.

Back view ("Made in Spain").
Back view ("Made in Spain").

Bottom plastic shell and ribbon cover removed.
Bottom plastic shell and ribbon cover removed.

Took me too long to find the serial number - on this version, it was on the right hand side of the metal body, below the carriage, with all plastic removed (hope this photo helps someone else in their hunt!).
Took me too long to find the serial number - on this version, it was on the right hand side of the metal body, below the carriage, with all plastic removed (hope this photo helps someone else in their hunt!).

Top half of shell case is easily removed and snaps on top matching bottom shell (which is screwed to the metal body at 4 points).
Top half of shell case is easily removed and snaps on top matching bottom shell (which is screwed to the metal body at 4 points).

Hunter: T Perry (taperry)

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As a writer, I've always longed for a typewriter of my own; someone recently indulged me and I was gifted a Smith-Corona 4S. (His name is Franklin, and he is cranky, but stunning.) This was apparently the push I needed (or maybe didn't need) as, only months later, I found myself with five typewriters and zero desk surface area.
I'm a designer, historian, and teacher by trade, but by night, I sit on the floor (see aforementioned obsolete desk space) of a tiny apartment and carefully draw diagrams so I don't forget where any of my loose screws belong.



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