Posted 6 years ago
Well here's something you don't see every day, a mangled mess of rusted metal that used to be a gorgeous old circa 1901 typewriter. I found this mixed in with large boulders and rocks on a neighbour's property. I have no idea how long it's been subjected to the elements, but certainly long enough to create a sad sight. I was shocked to think that somebody would have tossed it out and treated it this way!
The paint and rubber is still in surprisingly good condition, and even some of the chrome (nickel-plated?) bits look in fairly good condition. I started having ambitions of restoring it back to original condition once I saw these excellent photos online: http://www.typewriter.be/underwood3.htm
I don't have any delusions of it ever being fully operational again, but with some tedious work I might at least turn it into a great-looking conversation piece. I've found some old repair manuals and parts list illustrations online that should help a lot during dis-assembly and reassembly.
I've started reading up on various ways to remove rust (chemicals vs. electrolysis) and would sure appreciate any tips on cleaning this typewriter up, and if the effort is even worth it. Is it going to be a case of "if I knew what I was getting into I would've never started!"...?
For those interested, the serial number is either 90918 or 81606 - just my luck to find one of a handful of units where the number can be read both ways!