A ribbon hack for a 1929 Underwood portable

A ribbon hack for a 1929 Underwood portable

Tonight I worked on a four-bank Underwood portable from 1929. It’s a fussy machine, with some awkward functions and tiny pieces that can easily get lost if you remove the platen and paper tray.Right around 1929, the company introduced snap-on ribbon covers with...
1939

1939

Two neat typewriters from 1939 just dropped in my lap. This Remington was donated to WordPlay Cincy by a local woman. It had been in her brother-in-law’s family for generations. She was glad to drop it off on my porch (social distancing!) and I promised her...
Tuxedo typer

Tuxedo typer

Here are some views of the latest machine that I’ve rescued from the basement, cleaned up, and put back into rotation. This model has been referred to as the tuxedo, the cop car, or the penguin. (OK, I just made up that last nickname.) This black-and-white...
The takeaways

The takeaways

Congratulations to ZetiX for guessing the four winners from Friday’s typewriter safari! 1. This Adler J4 was an obvious choice at just $29.99. It’s an uncommon and well-made portable with interesting styling (reminiscent of its notorious big brother...
Decals and Puerto Rico

Decals and Puerto Rico

A couple of unrelated items: 1) Here’s a 1927 Underwood no. 5 that came in for service to Urban Legend Typewriters. A common machine, with some flaws, but I rarely see Underwoods of this age with such nice paint and decals. This helps me imagine just how pretty...