Ninety-three years old and still gorgeous. 1923 Underwood portable.

Over 90 years ago, this typewriter came off the production line. The 1923 Underwood Standard Portable is remarkable example of high end engineering done at a small scale. It was designed by Lee S. Burridge but he never got to see it completed. Underwood bought the rights to the patent and produced the machine over four years after Burridge's death. Unlike most typewriters, it has only three rows (banks) of keys. It's beautiful in its compact simplicity.

1948 Royal Quiet DeLuxe and the Amazing Henry Dreyfuss

This 1948 Royal Quiet DeLuxe is sometimes referred to has a Dreyfuss machine. Henry Dreyfuss was one of the first "industrial designers," artist/engineers who specialized in improving the looks and workability of everyday products. He was asked to improve the Royal QDL portable and, after some intensive research, came up with this wonderful design. In this video, I talk about the typewriter and the man behind the design.

1959 Royal Futura 600: Clean and shiny.

In the late 50s and early 60s, Royal Typewriters sold the Futura line of machines. It was a new body design and one that caught on. The Futura brand would last for quite some time. In this video, I take a look at the middle "child" of the three available machines--the Futura 600. This machine was a mess when I got it. Now, it's a heart stealer. I hope you enjoy it.

It's Blue! 1928 Royal Model P

Royal was a little late to the portable typewriter game. They were a major player in the larger standard size machines, but were slow out of the gate on portables. Once they entered the race, however, they quickly became a force to be reconvened with. In this episode, I show they typewriter as I received it, untouched, uncleaned, but still a worthy machine. Don't worry, I plan to clean it up.

The "Let's Get Busy" Typewriter: 1953 Smith-Corona Sterling

This typer came to me in rough shape. That's the bad news. The good news is, it only cost me $15.00. It had endured a some careless treatment (so it seems) and about half the keys didn't work. I took it home, put it on my work bench and had at it. A couple hours later, I had a working typewriter. The work was tedious, but the reward was great. Although plain in appearance, it rocks the work. Some consider this model one of the best machines made. I'm inclined to agree with them.

When a Typewriter and History Collide.

When a Typewriter and History Collide. This Corona Four portable goes way back to 1925, the year of the Scopes Trial. The Scopes Monkey trial was one of the most covered trials in US history. Over 200 reporters from around the country gathered in the tiny berg of Dayton, TN to report on a trial that is still talked about and debated today. Some of those reporters may have used a typewriter like this one.