1925 Underwood Portable 3-Bank
Up for sale is a really neat Underwood Portable 3-Bank which was made in the USA in 1925. This typewriter was Underwood's first portable typewriter, and was a competitor to Corona's Folding typewriters which were selling very well at the time. This typewriter is very portable even by later standards, although it did sacrifice ergonomics and some functionality over full-sized portables that the market ended up demanding shortly after. This typewriter is in fully functional condition, and is in beautiful condition cosmetically as well. The labeling on the paper table is a bit worn, however the paint shines very nicely and the nickel plated parts shine almost like new as well. Despite this machine's small size, it is actually a really smooth machine to write with once you are acclimated to the smaller 3-bank keyboard. The case is in good condition for its age, and the leather handle (which appears to be original) is still attached- although I would not recommend using it to carry this machine.
I would not recommend this machine for heavy use (such as writing a novel) for fairly obvious reasons, however this machine is one that can definitely be used for smaller writing tasks. This typewriter does use universal ribbons, which are sold on this site. I would recommend re-threading the original spools since the spools are visible. The owner's manual for this machine can be found here: https://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/Underwood3bankManual.pdf
If you're in the market for a really interesting piece of typewriter history, then this is a really impressive functional machine that is almost a century old!