Ahem... More typewriters still to come. I have a lot more than two, I assure you. I just have to get my butt in gear and take pictures of them all.
Typewriters - Solid Warriors of the Stone Age
Remember typewriters? If you were born after 1980, you probably don't. These big hunks of metal were in every office across America! They helped keep the world of business running smoothly- in other words, they performed the task that word processors perform today. Typewriters have left a lasting legacy in the design of the computer- the QWERTY keyboard, the shift key, caps lock, etc. Typewriters were an integral part of our society until very recently- plus, they're simply tons of fun to use! They can easily be gotten for less than $50 at antique stores and on Ebay. Chances are, there are a few machines in the family- many families had at least one typewriter around the house. Just ask Grandma and Grandpa!
In 1895, John Thomas Underwood bought the typewriter-manufacturing business of Franz Xavier Wagner, after having manufactured ribbons and carbon paper for the Remington company. When Remington decided to make the ribbons themselves, Underwood decided to get into manufacturing his own typewriters. The Underwood No. 1 and No. 2 were excellent typewriters, and the No. 5, introduced in 1900, was even better. The No. 6 differed very little from the No. 5.
Underwood No. 6 (Telegraph model)
This is a unique Underwood typewriter. It was my great-grandmother's, and has been modified for use in a telegraph office! It types in all caps with a few symbols and the number keys. It is in excellent condition. Unfortunately, since it types in all capital letters with no period or comma, it is useless for normal use, and simply sits on my shelf collecting dust. But it's a great typewriter to have! Not very many of these typewriters were modified for telegraph use- in fact, I can find only one or two others on the Internet.
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Remington No. 11
This is probably the most dilapidated typewriter that I have! A friend of mine donated it to me. When I got it, there were three things that didn't work on it: the leather that connects the spring to the carriage had broken, the rollers under the platen were flattened, so the paper wouldn't feed, and the platen itself had a large crack down the length of it. I managed to get it working by replacing the leather strap with two pieces of string and removing the flattened rollers, but the crack in the platen was still there. Whenever it comes around and you type on it, the words are illegible. Since then two more things have broken: the color selector lever has become disconnected at a hard-to-reach point, and the Q key has stopped working. Both of these things are fixable, but it's so rusted and the paint is flaking off so much that it doesn't seem worth doing anything unless it's a full restoration. If I could sell it for any good money, I would, but I don't think I could get any more than $20 for it. Some day I'd like to restore it, but I don't think it's happening any time soon! So right now it just sits on my shelf taking up space and looking ugly.