When a typewriter reaches 100 plus years… the fact that it was a barebones (cheap) typewriter from day one. You must give it credit for a job well done. Types well… even if the feel is low end.
The seller knew the carriage might just be locked… and no repair needed. They were right!
I was impressed that the plastic on this Seville, no cracks and not brittle. Then I put the outer lid back on (it cracked and a chip broke off). But then the outer case lid the most exposed part of the typewriter. The typewriter itself for over 40 looks & feels great and it’s orange color looks like it would glow at night. (It looks like a Citizen XL (Columbia) and was made by same manufacturer.
Looking back, I saw the Everest K2. I bought the Everest. Enough said.
This 1908 Underwood, had a odd looking lever. Turned out to be a backspacer. Which is why several years ago I had to have it.
Could not find much info on the Viscount (made in Japan) in 1961, Length 12 inch, Height 3 inch, Width 12 inch, Weight 8.8 lbs. and it looks nice.
When you own a 99 year old typewriter that types like it was 12, you know just how lucky you are!
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!