Three Free Machines!

As with 1950's-era Royals, the decorative Underwood logo on the front doubles as a ribbon cover release latch.

Mildred Skender's Underwood makes its way to my collection by a convoluted route

These early-60's Super-5 Bodied SCM's are arguably the best-designed typewriters around (IMHO). Their only flaw is the hollow-ish feel they get from having Galaxie guts.

Maybe I have a typewriter problem. Every flat surface has a machine on it. :P

Updated: August 12, 2011 — 11:53 am


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  1. Awesome, all of them! The Golden Touch, most especially.

    The typewriters own the house, you are just a tenant. ( :

  2. That golden touch is cool. I made a point of keeping my sterling like that, it’s kind of cute.
    I suspect the red keys on the Oly are programmable in some way or have some additional function built in…

  3. My guess is that the three red keys on the Oly automatically repeat when you hold them down.

  4. Yep, the red keys indicate keys that will repeat automatically if the key is held down. Think about it and you’ll see why those keys are the ones selected.

  5. I’m jealous of the cool typeface on your Golden Touch! It is a very attractive elite, as you said. I hadn’t realized ’50s Royals also used the clever latches to pop open the ribbon covers; good to know.

    Richard: let me guess – the repeating X is to cross out a long line of errors, the repeating – is to underline, and the repeating . could be for underlining/ellipses…

  6. Probably a silly question, but I was wondering if the Jam Release key and the Margine Release key were the same key–and whether there was some kind of toggle between them.

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