Thursday, June 23, 2022

Today is *National Typewriter Day*


This is my 1929 Underwood No. 5. Millions were manufactured but it takes some luck to find a nice one. I spent a week polishing away nearly a hundred years of oil, dust, and cigarette smoke. What I like most about this machine is how the chrome-ringed, glass-topped keys feel. Those raised, silver rings cradle your fingertips and help keep them in place atop the smooth, glass circles--a good thing, since typing on this machine requires a sharp, staccato effort much different from a modern, electronic keyboard.

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