I happen to be enthralled!

I must admit, I’ve been a bad blogger this year. Not only have I done poorly living and breathing in my blog space, but I have been inattentive to my personal favorites. And guess what? I think that sucks. These past couple weeks, life has changed for me though. I’m done with my classes for the semester! And boy am i glad.

As soon as school was out, I went to visit my parents. Hadn’t been there since Thanksgiving! Way too long. Mom and I had a treasure hunt as we searched family history, going through boxes of memories from her mother and grandmother. Oh, how they loved to write letters then. And the letters were full of phrases like “grand” and “darling”.

Underwood Portable Typewriter

This lovely thing was my maternal grandmother’s typewriter. From the serial number, I am guessing it is a 1929 or 1930 Underwood Portable 4 bank F typewriter in the beautiful color of green. When I was elementary age, my paternal grandmother acquired the typewriter. And then when my children were elementary age, it was passed to my mother. When I visited home, it was passed to me. The privilege of possessing this machine, the same machine both of my grandmothers hands have touched, overwhelms me.

my favorite keys

The typewriter was in working order, but needed a fresh ribbon. The keys were just a bit sticky too. Last week I searched the internet for information on the care of this beautiful machine. I found an excellent blog post detailing how to properly clean the keys here. After following the directions, the keys moved much more smoothly.

All I can say is…
Typing on my Underwood

3 thoughts on “I happen to be enthralled!

  1. Shahan says:

    Dear Amanda,

    I’m glad that you found my tutorial on cleaning typewriter-bars to be helpful. Your/your grandmother’s typewriter is the same model as mine. An Underwood Standard Portable. Mine is slightly older than yours, so yours would date to the early/mid 1930s, by my reckoning. Earlier models of this type (such as mine) did not have the UNDERWOOD spool-covers that yours does, just simple screw-down nuts to hold the ribbon in-place.

  2. Barb says:

    What is it that is so utterly charming about these old typewriters? What a find… and so much better with the double family connection.

    Love it!

  3. Jody says:

    How incredible…what a honor to possess! Looking forward to seeing future projects with typed words incorporated!

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