Not often seen in-the-wild at thrift stores around here; large Underwood standard typewriters.
The first standard spotted was this venerable Underwood 5.
Sharp-angled front plate, so pre-1923. Has a backspace, so post-1907. No variable line-spaced pull-out knob, so pre-1914 or so. At least a century old then.
There should be a serial number there - the area is however covered in orange-red rust.
It seemed complete and mostly undamaged, but rather rusty.
is was a magnificent typewriter, this amount of rust and a 30 Euro price-tag meant it stayed put at the thrift store.
The second standard seen was a modern, streamlined Underwood SS.
It is a strange machine; on the one hand looking modern with the crinkle paint and chrome trim, but it still has the basic old-fashioned shape of the original early 1900s Underwood. Could be said to be a dressed-up Nr. 5 almost, but actually nearly every part is re-designed; all castings are different, the linkages are different and it's got segment shift. But it still very much echoes the Nr. 5.
This machine was missing the left chrome trim, had jammed-up keyboard, mixed-bag key tops and did not work. The state of this typewriter probably destines this one for recycling. Many (most) of the big standard machines offered for sale never get bought and will ultimately end up being handed in as scrap for recycling.
This one will be a parts machine, donating bits to repair other machines.
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