My Underwood has its Western Union serial number WU5739R and I checked the number under the foot is 205320. I guessed 1909 based on design, but the serial number places it at 1908. For me 1908 is a great year for an Underwood.
Sit down at a Visomatic, press down on a few keys and before you know it; your thoughts turn to happy things. Before you know it glad tidings rush into your head and grins grow like alfalfa in a field. Words rush to your finger tips and on to the page faster than light crosses the universe and time stands still for good and not evil. And the reason for owning a typewriter becomes clear… for the fun of it. You type because you can. And the keys to a typewriter unlocks the door of dull thoughts and in rushes the best of times and out goes the moods of woe…
You can go to Mars… climb any mountain… meet anyone every born. Just sit down at a keyboard and type it and it will be so!
Not in the best of condition, my Fox 24 (1911) typewriter looks neat to me. It types and I like the results. Just need to get it out more and work on it… but I am happy just to press it keys.
Its been awhile since I got out my Hammond… had to go to the internet to remind me on how it functions. Its so great to look at… and fun to use!
The longer I collect typewriters… I find that the quality of the typewriter is not always what I like. After all I do not make a living using a typewriter. I type because its fun; not because it is a tool of my craft.
My Demountable No. 2 came to me… slow and difficult to operate. Then one day I managed to fit its frame on the correct way. It became quick and fun…
There are still great wonderful values out there. Full size, working; even a useable ribbon and only $7.99… At a higher price I would have skipped this model; but now I say it’s a quality machine.
I could not resist this beauty. It was so nice looking I had fears… which turned out to be true… the frame had broken in the interior that prevented proper placement of the platen but after some effort I got some impressions… not to mention great joy and internal smiles!