This past monday, I felt adventurous. The night before I had made a good off eBay deal to get a new Underwood typewriter but I didn't need to meet the lady until later in the afternoon so I had a couple hours to spare. I decided to check out some antique shops in nearby Long Beach. Here's what i saw:
|only $15 for this useless machine?|
|This one was somewhat interesting. No price but it seemed that the dealer was willing to bargain. German layout Remington. It worked and if i didn't have so many machines already, I would have been tempted|
This other 3 story shop I went to had nothing but
I then found Urban Americana which is the best laid out antique ship/mall I've yet to see. It was high end but lots of typewriters inside:
|There's an Underwood portable out there without its case|
|I saw that this was missing some linkages in the typebasket but the machine seemed to work fine without them|
I gave her the $35 which i had bargained down from $45. I asked if she knew any of the backstory on it and she said that it belonged to a man who used to live in Leisure World. I asked, "used to?" Her face changed to somber for a couple seconds and almost like an admission of guilt, she said the gentleman had died recently and he was a hoarder and they discovered 6 typewriters in his house. I'm not sure how it works inside Leisure World but i'm guessing that there were no heirs or if there were they didn't want the machines. And after that, does it go to auction to the residents of Leisure World? or is it a free-for-all, first come first serve? No idea.
I got back to the car and opened the case and the machine is orange!!!
|sanitized the hell and death out of it|