Thursday, April 19, 2007

Underwood Standard Typewriter No. 5

This Underwood Standard Typewriter No.5 dating from the late 1920s must weigh at least 25 lbs! It is very heavy! Upon examining the solid metal “instrument of efficiency” I became fascinated by its design and beauty. It seems to capture a time when society was more steady and mechanical. In our faster-than-the-speed-of-light digital generation it is difficult to comprehend what it must have been like before computers, word processing and the email revolution. How did typists managed to produce correspondences, college recommendations and fiscal reports without making a mistake? Try to imagine typing without a delete button or spell check!

Shh! If you listen carefully you can almost hear the steady tap, tap, tap of the striking metal keys! A once familiar sound has faded into infinity!

1 comment:

  1. Hi my name is Tina. I recently moved into a home in Ohio and an Underwood Standard No.5 Typewriter was left at the house. I love the look of it and decided to clean it up a little (VERY dusty) and display it. Very beautiful!


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