So, for Christmas, my awesometastic brother hunted down an original Underwood typewriter for me. It took me a little while to get around to finding a new ribbon for it, but it’s a sweet coffee table piece now. I usually just leave paper in it for people to write stories on when killing time. It seems to have been a hit so far.
Evidently it’s the same model of typewriter that Jack Kerouac used, and that was featured in the movie Slacker being thrown off a bridge.
It’s a fun step back in time to have this around—to realize that this used to be the main way of typing professional documents. It’s so easy to make a mistake, or to let the carriage slip. I can only imagine what it would have been like to type a term paper.