Underwood Electric: A new cord

Underwood Electric: A new cord

My friend Dennis in the Physics department kindly installed a new power cord for the Underwood Electric, replacing the tatty Underwood cord. Nothing to it, Dennis says. Me, I still don’t understand electricity. Now we’re nearly there! There was a moment of...
Underwood Electric: a new logo

Underwood Electric: a new logo

When I first got my Underwood Electric, it had the remnants of a ’50s Underwood logo decal showing on its gray wrinkle paint. The wrinkle paint has been blasted off, but the logo is back—in 3D. Someone was selling a bad manual Underwood for $15, Buy It Now. They...
Underwood Electric: crafting new legends

Underwood Electric: crafting new legends

Welcome to the blog formerly known as Writing Ball. When we last saw my Underwood Electric, I was engaged in an alarming-looking process of swapping its drab plastic keys for metal-ringed ones from a circa-1930 Underwood portable parts machine.  I’ve made...
Underwood Electric: keyswapping

Underwood Electric: keyswapping

Gasp! Has Richard P become a keychopper?? No, not exactly—just a keyswapper.  The machine on the right is a hopeless ca. 1930 Underwood portable parts machine. On the left is my Underwood Electric (click the “Underwood Electric” tag at the end of this...