Generally speaking, I try not to pick up duplicate typewriters. A new typewriter either has to be a make or model I do not have or have a typeface I do not have. The nice thing about general rules is that they are general. I decided to blow off some steam at the nearby antique mall. There are some beat up ’60s Royals there as well as a nice Hermes Rocket that someone should buy. I have an older Hermes Rocket. During this visit, however, I spied a 3-bank Underwood portable. It appeared to be in nice shape, and the broken drawstring put it at a decent price. Given the absence of the case lid, I offered a lower price. The seller, with whom I’ve swapped stories before, agreed. This typewriter also lacks quality decals. That said, I did not want someone to turn it into a non-working display piece, so I took it home. It will be easy enough to fix the drawstring, but the machine comes with the usual flattened rollers, making paper insertion difficult. One thing at a time. This 3-bank was manufactured in 1924, whereas my other one is from 1925.
I like seeing the two of them together, like two small mechanical pets keeping each other company.