This Underwood wide carriage number 3 came to the shop along with an Edison Home Phonograph (more on that later). This machine was the typical dust bunny covered in years of dirt, shellacked oil and “deferred” maintenance.
It was so sluggish I even had to remove the type bars and segment cleaning them in my new handy ultrasonic cleaner. It saves the customer the time charged for manually cleaning decades of gunk off small parts.
One deep cleaning later, re-oiling in all the right places, and it types!
When I removed the front cover there were three signatures on the back side of the sheet metal along with dates. As close as I can tell they are; J E Cosper 7-27-48, RWS 1-11-35, and Jm Kart Aberdeen 5/25/37. These machines are a treasure trove of history.