Update on the Underwood No. 3Posted: June 17, 2014 Filed under: Fun Finds | Tags: Underwood Standard Typewriter No 3, vintage typewriter 3 Comments
I spent an hour buffing up the amazing Underwood No. 3 typewriter I found at the thrift shop.
It was so dusty, it looked like it spent the last fifty years under a haystack in a barn.
I got the worst of it off and left some dust for its new owner to sweep away.
Want to see some close-ups?
Looks like some of the painted finish is flaking off, another reason why I didn’t want to get too aggressive with the cleaning.
It’s going to be a really pretty machine when it’s refurbished. I’ll leave that fun for someone else.
Sure hope someone falls in love with it at next weekend’s Vintage Bazaar!
Fun fact: did you see Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows? That final scene, in which John Watson (Jude Law) is typing up his last case notes? He’s typing on an Underwood!
What a find! It makes me want to write a whole book using it. Is that crazy or what? What a beautiful machine!
Yeah, that would be fun, wouldn’t it? You’d just have to think far enough ahead to type it out right the first time. There is, after all, no cut & paste key! It is a beautiful machine, designed and built in an age in which engineered objects were meant to last. When it’s refurbished, this Underwood should work as good as new.
It’s seen better days. Let’s hope it sees a few more in a new home!