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I am sure that the answer to the next question is that same as it is for the sewing machine community..."what you can get for it", but I'll ask anyway.

One of my buddies is going through some financial issues and is selling old family stuff to raise funds.  I have helped him sell three sewing machines so far.  However, he also have this "old" portable by Underwood.  I have NO idea what to suggest he list it for.. any thoughts?

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Steve, you're probably correct 'what you can get'.  This is a pretty old girl.  I just did a quick search on my local CL.  No Underwood's listed but similar (looking) vintage seemed to be going for $75-$150 consistently
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I agree.  And that one appears to be in very good condition.
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That one is nice and clean. I tried to sell a portable my dad used in WWII. The only people seriously interested wanted it just for the keys to make jewelry! They offered $35. I didn't sell it.
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Its funny, but several times while browsing through antique malls, my wife has said "I'm surprised that you aren't into old typewriters too!"  They are neat, but they are yet another slippery slope and I have too many projects already!
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I see them in thrift shops every now and then and am always immediately drawn to them...but like you Steve, I just can't get into another "thing" right now and retain any semblance of sanity.

For some reason vintage kitchen appliances catch my eye the same way, particularly stand mixers and percolators.  And vintage brass lamps.

This typewriter is a beaut...no clue what the value is but it's really nice looking. I know some mixed-media artists are buying old typewriters, in order to create typewritten scraps to use in their art.  That'd be a happy fit - someone to appreciate it AND use it to make new art (without destroying it!)

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Many typewriter collectors are out there and have websites similar to this one. They are as mad about their machines as we are about ours.
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Many typewriter collectors are out there and have websites similar to this one. They are as mad about their machines as we are of ours.


Hmmmm, ok then.. off to track down a few of them for him.

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I have a couple of old typewriters. I thought they were neat, and they are. I found that I never had a reason to use them so they are stored away in the attic. The sewing machines at least get used!
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That Underwood looks similar (not exactly, though) to one I worked on back in the early to mid 60's.  The one I used was by no means a portable, though, it had something like an 18" to 24" carriage -- large enough that mimeographs could be turned horizontal to type various things, including a sales bulletin for a large cracker-making company.  Value - I haven't the slightest clue.
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My wife and I are heading off this morning on a weekend Antiquing trip. I'm not planning to buy any typwriters, but if I see anything really neat, i'll get a photo... and resist the urge to bring one home ;-)
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I don't collect them but there are some very cool antique ones out there.  I have enough (too many?) hobbies already and thankfully no room to start another collection.
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I saw one for sale locally a few months back and was tempted to get it just to tinker with, but it was only a few dollars.  I'm sure it needed some work.  Your friend's machine is in much nicer shape than the one I saw.  I think they look pretty cool!
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Spotted this one yesterday in an antique mall. Nice shape, but I walked away. Just too many irons in the fire!
 
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Something that may interest old typewriter enthusiasts, back in the 70's, I worked for an insurance company that was offering obsolete office furniture to their employees who could arrange their own transport.  Several desks were included.  I was in my early 20's at the time and needed a desk.  The one that I got was a typewriter desk that would house a manual typewriter.  The model was most likelyone of the manual Underwoods, they were very common.  I always found it odd that the same technology that applied to home sewing, applied to office furniture.  The mid portion of the desk would flip back and raise the typewriter bed to useful height ready for use.  I always thought it would be handy to convert that typewriter bed to a sewing machine arrangement, but, not being handy, never did anything about it.
That desk is presently in the basement where it has been used for computer games and whatnot.  This is roughly 40 years on.
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I'd love to see pics of that desk!
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I've seen those typewriter desks advertised on CL many times as antique sewing machine desks. A few times I (nicely) tried to tell them what it actually is but none of them believed me. I just figured they thought they could get more for it as a sewing desk than a typewriter desk.

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If he has a story to go along with the typewriter the value may be increased.
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LOl, true!   The good thing is that he has refused to sell to two folks who just wanted the "keys" for making jewelry
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I am sure that the answer to the next question is that same as it is for the sewing machine community..."what you can get for it", but I'll ask anyway


Might post your question here with the explanation. Who knows, someone there may be looking for one . . .   Yes, pulled keys make these folks scream . . . 

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TYPEWRITERS/

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/theportabletypewriterforum/

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thanks!  I'll try that!


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Yes, I've worked on desks like that back in the early to mid-60's!  As long as the desks were in good repair, it'd be a great setup! 
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