Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Quiet Update

Update on the Underwood Noiseless Portable typewriter. I was able to clean it up nice. It still has a lot of its original finish and is in remarkable shape. A little oil and the keys work fine, and it types fine with no skipping. The only thing I've noticed is that the bell doesn't work. The serial number 692302 puts the date of its manufacture a few years back further than I'd expected. It was built at some point between Jan. 1, 1934 and Jan. 1, 1935, making it 78 years old. This was from a time when things had to be built to last and could be repaired, and not just thrown away. I doubt those of you who live long enough will ever see an eighty-year-old computer that still works.

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