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Sunday, January 1, 2012

A 1958 Red Underwood Typewriter For Lily

My nine year old is a vintage collector. She has a collection of vintage Breyer horses, 60's Madame Alexander dolls, and vintage Barbies. Ok, maybe she is a little on the eccentric side for her age. But I think she is totally cool! She always jumps out of bed on the weekends to go to yard sales with me! 
She became interested in typewriters a few months back and spent hours researching them on Etsy and E-Bay. They were way too expensive so I told her that if she was lucky she might get one for Christmas. Well, she lost interest in typewriters and I forgot all about it. But lo and behold, I was at the thrift shop a couple of weeks ago at the half off sale and I found this beauty complete with a red case. 
Do you know that feeling you get when you find an incredible vintage deal? My hands were a little shaky and my adrenaline was pumping. I felt like someone might come and grab my typewriter from me so I guarded it in the store carefully while I continued to shop. 
This 1958 beauty was only 5 dollars with the half off discount and it works perfectly. I won't even tell you how much they are selling for on Etsy because that would be bragging....(OK I will)..... 450 dollars!!
Isn't it a beauty?


  1. That is absolutely spectacular! I hope one day to have a daughter as awesome as yours!

  2. Now that's what I call a bargain and what a beauty that typewriter is!!!

  3. love this! i just posted on my hand-me-down typewriter from my momma. it is a 1970s or early 80s. not nearly as old as that one!

  4. What a find!!! Yes, I recognize that feeling - the successful hunt for treasure! :)

  5. And it works, even better. If it didn't here is a very cool shop in Highland Park that still repairs typewriters
    US Office Machine Co
    5722 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042-4202
    (323) 256-2111 ‎

  6. Hey, cool content, but WordPress breaks it up on my monitor. Maybe it's the plugin you have on the site. Have you considered a different CMS?

  7. @ Cation. thanks I know you will too someday!
    @ Leah, Thanks for the typewriter resource! I grew up not far from Highland Park!
    @ Anoymous...not sure what CMS is!

  8. But you didn't tell us what Lily's reaction was....don't leave me hanging!!!!

  9. Oh she loved it and already wrote a letter but I have to order a fresh ink cartridge.

  10. this is so cool! I had an old typewriter for awhile but I finally sold it and now regret it :( I'll need to get another one of these days (p.s. your daughter is awesome)

  11. As soon as I saw the picture of your red typewriter at the link party I had to see it bigger here at your blog. That was quite a score! I love it!

  12. Hi, just found you blog through

    I shall be certainly having a look around.

    Love the typewriter. Best wishes form Norway, Irene you new follower.

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