Monday, April 23, 2018

100 Years Old and Still Going Strong, Underwood No.5

Workbench was full with H3k machines so I used the table saw to clean the No. 5

I did a quick and dirty edit in GIMP to remove the original text (body of the letter) from the letterhead and printed it so I could at least use an Underwood letterhead. I need to work on this one and a Remington to make blank letterhead. My proof reading skill leaves a LOT to be desired. Notice the unmarked typos?

Working Underwood No. 5.

The Underwood No. 5 was ok to use when it first arrived if one could tolerate sticking type bars, a very sluggish carriage, and carriage shift that would not always return to lower case.

It did not take much work to get this working, and had I not been short on time I may have even swapped the platen with a better one that I have for a spare.  The spare still needs recovered, but it is not as hard as this one.


  1. Oh my gosh.. 100 years old Bill. This Underwood is officially an antique and deserves much respect! Still working too, is it definitely going with you to the type-in? Glad to hear all the typewriters in your collection get the love ☺

  2. Sweet pickup - one of the very few standards that I keep hold of. (:

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