Sunday, April 7, 2013

Underwood Typewriter

Photo op. Background setting. An Underwood typewriter in all its rusty, cobwebby glory. One rubber foot has be be 'replaced or created'. Heavy, awkward. Early and vintage. Removed the worst of the dead spiders. The keys are worth the cost for jewellery creation.


What follows are a great many close ups of various parts of this vintage machine. I love the patina, the rust, the crusty look. Great decorating piece.





A potted history for Underwood Typewriters here. After checking several on line sources  it appears that this Underwood is from the 1920's, perhaps 1923. This one does not work although the 'parts' move in a somewhat stiff way. I used an very old, heavy and stiff (no letters/numbers on keys school training) Royal Typewriter all through University and although I was grateful to have a typewriter in those extremely frugal years of my life I was so very happy to let it go when I graduated. Now many many years later I wonder...

Thrifted find ($5.00)



17 comments:

  1. How fabulous Joy! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with this!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  2. Great find Joy. It will be great when you get it all cleaned up. What memories it brings back. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  3. I learned to type on a very similar machine. Thanks for the memories, and thanks for your visit!

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  4. I was companion to a man several years ago and he had an Underwood...quite workable. He used if faithfully until his death. I often wonder what happened to it! Great and frugal find! Thanks for the share,

    Loretta, At Home With Loretta

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  5. I would love to find one of these at that price for my home office, it oiled compliment my old telephones (which still work) perfectly.. A little jealous, I must say..

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  6. Oh, dear...I learned to type on an Underwood, a hundred years ago...:)
    I wish I had saved an old one I had...gave it to a thrift store. :(

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  7. Underwoods are so special...I still regret not snapping one up when I spotted one in a thrift about a year ago. I just love yours!

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  8. I love finding the beauty in old things and you have in this wonderful Underwood typewriter!

    hugs, Linda

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  9. Beautiful still life photos. I adore old typewriters and keep a newer version of the one pictured that my mom gave me as one of our scant family heirlooms.

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  10. These are such pretty old machines!

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  11. this is a gorgeous piece of history!
    and also, i wanted to say i am so sorry about your mom.

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  12. What a great piece of history!!
    I love old typewriters.
    I didn't have one that old, but I did have one that came in a carry case. It was one of my prized possessions for a great many years. I even love the sound of the old typewriters!

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  13. Something about the cobwebs and dust just makes it that more appealing to me. I have an obsession with aged objects so that would make sense:-)

    Erica

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  14. Been awhile since I used one of these. However, it was not this antique tho.

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  15. Isn't that spectacular! I've been looking for a working model, an Underwood or Royal. I found one that had been spray painted GOLD. Can you imagine??! This is beautiful. And yes, a great decorating piece!

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  16. Love the typewriter but I want to take a dust cloth to it!

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Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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