There’s a recently restored 1946 Underwood Champion sitting quietly beside me and I’m basking in its satisfying presence. I mean, you know how much trouble it entails to restore these babies, yes? So this one’s done and I’m going to enjoy it for all its worth. Red hails from Olongapo City, where Subic, the 262 … Continue reading Little Red: U are the Champion
I have just finished the restoration of a 1928 Underwood Five and am very happy with its appearance. When I look at the typewriter market out there I can easily find two other U5s for sale, one at 9250 Pesos and another at 8000 Pesos. While those unit are the same as the one I … Continue reading Becoming a Savvy Typewriter Collector – Part II
It is understandable if your notion of collecting is getting as many typewriters together as you can. As long as you have the money and the space to do that, you won’t notice any problem with that system. But as time passes, your money dwindles along with your space, you’ll come to the obvious conclusion … Continue reading How to Rationalize Your Collection
If you're lucky, your first machine will be free. Inherited from your parents or grandparents, or maybe given to you by a friend. Not everyone will be so blessed. For the latter, I do not recommend you go to the nearest bookstore (National?) and see what they have for sale. In all likelihood the machines … Continue reading Getting Your First Machine
Before anything else, this advice is aimed at the Filipino typewriter collector. The Philippines is a collecting environment very different from where the bulk of other collectors and collectable typewriters are, the US mainland. You are vying for relatively few machines with a surprisingly large number of, or aggressive (not sure which) collectors. That said, … Continue reading So You Want to Start Collecting Typewriters?
I hunt down typewriters. Not just any typewriter, but old typewriters. The heavy metal ones and occasionally, the plastics. There are certain brands, certain age requirements, certain kinds like manual typewriters that I look for. I pore over social media and online markets. I put the word out among friends. And I eagerly look forward … Continue reading Typewriter Hunter