I keep walking past this 1903 Underwood #4… today I took it off the shelf and was amazed at how well it works. Then after typing a page… I did a little work on it and now want to type another page. For some reason the memory of how it didn’t work at all when I first got it stays with me… even when it types better at 115 than many other machines I use more often.
I have been online 6 years now… I had thought that it this point I would have many great insights; but instead I just have the type. I have words on paper that fill many notebooks. I have pressed and touch the keys of many wonderful machines. I find that 6 years later my fingers still look forward to the words to come, the thoughts to convey and the sounds to be heard as I type away. That’s all I really have to say… its just about the type!!
If you could use your computer like a typewriter would you? After a second post using the “Visual Typewriter” software my answer is “NO”. You get sounds, but not the exercise of lifting an actual typewriter. You miss out on watching the ribbon move across… and if you can apply “spell check” it just feels like you just cheated on your diet.
You can look at “nice paper” but unless you print out on real paper… you do not have the option of creating “paper planes” out of your end product. Or roll it up for basketball. No risk of dropping it on your foot… or smashing it with a hammer. In the end it is a quick fix… but not the “real thing”
The “c” “?” does not work. Having problems with the ribbon advance. The carriage came loose in shipment. But what a “looker”. Even in its current state it reminded me of a “mini royal flatbed” and the action for a 97 year old is neat.
Kentucky Typer had a new old stock (1984) FACIT 1740 for sale. I was looking for a typewriter to do the bulk of my letters to Congress on and the FACIT fit the bill. (The paperwork showed it was tested January 8, 1984 so I use that date).
There is nothing better than running into a old friend… good memories rush in and smiles slip in. Even a 43 years old typewriter…
After typing 50 letters using my typewriters… my fingers seek out the Underwood’s. Not that other machines don’t do a great job… the touch wants what the touch want!
After typing 5 letters in a row with my 1956 Remington Travel-Riter, the ribbon started to snag… I switched to my 1962 Royal Futura and it’s able to handle a dozen pages in a row without issue… keeps asking for more paper!
I saw this for $32.00… guess no one saw what I did. It’s a neat typewriter to own… even if its not the greatest of typewriters.
It’s been over 40 years when my job sat me behind a computer terminal… 30 years since I bought my first PC… I use a computer everyday… but for fun I use a typewriter!