Barn find: An Underwood No. 3!

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I stopped by the thrift shop yesterday afternoon to drop off a few things.

And to take a look around, of course.

The shop was so busy that there wasn’t a single parking spot in their lot, or even on the street out front. I ended up parking a block away.

I’d never seen this shop so busy. So I didn’t expect to find anything good.

But then, after I’d had to “excuse me” and “pardon me” all the way through the shop, I finally saw something awesome in the narrowest aisle. On the floor.

A diamond in the rough. Very, very rough.

A diamond in the rough. Very, very rough. It’s sitting on a vintage steel typewriter table that belongs to Janeray.

An Underwood No. 3 typewriter!

Also, apparently, about 75 years’ worth of barn dust.

Close-up of barn dust. Not shown: several dried-up insects. Ugh.

Close-up of barn dust. Not shown: several dried-up insects. Ugh.

This machine looks like it had been stored away for decades in a very dusty place. It didn’t smell damp or mildewy, though, which is always a deal-breaker for me. And the price was way too good to pass up, so I grabbed the machine—all 33 pounds of cast iron—and trudged a block back to the car.

Trailing a mini cloud of barn dust all the way.

Had to change my clothes when I got home. The things we do for our customers, eh?

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It’s filthy, for sure, but I’m not seeing much actual damage yet. The keys are pretty straight, for starters.

Now to clean it up a bit. Er, a lot.

More pictures later!


2 Comments on “Barn find: An Underwood No. 3!”

  1. I can just see you giving that typewriter the sniff test! Great find!

    • luray says:

      Oh yeah, that was fun, considering the machine was on the floor in the narrowest aisle and I am not exactly Miss Twiggy. πŸ™‚ But the ladies behind the counter know I’m crazy. Once I reluctantly passed up a huge collection of amazing vintage heart-shaped candy boxes because every single one smelled mildewy. So sad!