Douglas Clegg

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Typewriters: Underwood Champion

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

My Underwood Champion from the 1940s.

It’s rusty and well-used, but works like a dream thanks to Marr Office Machines in Pawtucket Rhode Island. Picked this up for about $20, got it spiffed up, and I write rough on it and love the aggressive pounding it takes.

I alternate between a few typewriters, depending on a variety of things (do I have to change a ribbon right now? Why pause? I just grab another typewriter.)  All the typewriters I own (about 7?) are working typewriters and I use them all over any given 12 month period.

Excuse the mess on my work table.

 

Typewriter Love

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

I write a lot on typewriters and seem to be doing it more than ever this year. Here’s one of my recent acquisitions:

A Facit 1620, made in Sweden, likely manufactured around 1969. It works like a dream. It’s not my only typewriter, but I like to use it upstairs in the dining room or out on the patio.

It’s a bit heavy for a portable owing to its excellent metal construction that feels like steel, though I’m not certain about that. The keypads are perfect for my fingers.  I’ve been working like a demon on a book, and this typewriter is making it a lot of fun.

Douglas Clegg's Facit 1620 typewriter, March 2020