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Posted by
L'explorateur (Vancouver, Canada) on 28 January 2011 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

An old Underwood typewriter! I had one very similar to this when I was a child and it was a lot of fun. I liked the sound of the typebars hitting the paper and definitely loved the bell ringing at the end of each line! PLING! The downside is that after a few lines my fingers hurt, though. :) This Underwood has a QWERTY layout (see the letters on the top left), that became a standard in 1874. Although it was probably invented to reduce the likelihood that the typebars got entangled, it’s still in use in English keyboards. A legacy from the past.

Una vecchia macchina da scrivere Underwood! Ne avevo una simile quando ero piccolo. Era pesantissima ed era divertentissimo scriverci. Mi piaceva il suono dei martelletti contro il rullo e adoravo il campanello che suonava alla fine di ogni riga! PLING! Anche se comunque dopo qualche riga mi facevano male le dita. :) 
Questa Underwood ha la tastiera QWERTY (che sono le 5 lettere in alto a sinistra). La QWERTY diventò la configurazione standard nel 1874 nei paesi anglofoni (QZERTY in Italia). Sebbene sia stata inventata per ridurre la probabilità che i marteletti si incastrassero l’uno con l’altro, è rimasta anche sui moderni computer. Un’eredità dal passato.
Taken on Jan 23, 2011 at Fort Wine Co., a fruit winery East of Vancouver
Scattata il 23 Gennaio 2011 a Fort Wine Co., una Cantina a Est di Vancouver

NIKON D90 1/15 second F/2.0 ISO 1600 75 mm (35mm equiv.)

٭ ƸɼiϾ ٭ from Narbonne, France

woow, your computer is so old ???
not very easy for you to write comments
great shot !
have a nice day

28 Jan 2011 6:42am

@٭ ƸɼiϾ ٭: YES! Now you will appreciate my comments more, AH AH :P Thanks Eric and you too have a nice day!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

feeling some nostalgia? Beautiful tones...

28 Jan 2011 7:18am

@Gérard Beullac: Yes! I love old things. As soon as I spotted at the winery, I lay down to have a closer look :)

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

I remember my mom used to use one of these. (many years ago) This is a great shot and I like the composition

28 Jan 2011 10:23am

@✿ Anina ✿: Hi Anina, thank you :) These machines are so fascinating to me!

zia Leti from Bergamo, Italy

A un buon osservatore non possono sfuggire alcuni dei pensieri rimasti aggrovigliati fra i tasti e i martelletti ... "Le parole che non ti ho detto"... insegnano ! Meditate gente, meditate.
Scatto romantic......issimo!!! ECCELLENTE!

28 Jan 2011 10:57am

@zia Leti: Ciao Letizia, grazie mille del bel commento :D Sono molto contento che ti piaccia.

Franz from Baden, Austria

what a great nostalgic idea! wonderful closeup with attractive dof! i "inherited" one from my dad from before the war - not an underwood, but a remington - and i made the same experience (pling, fingers hurting, ...). in fact, i wrote my first term papers and other stuff on this machine! then came a portable one, then an electronic one, and now we have word processing on the PC! fascinating how fast things have changed - for the better, in this case!

28 Jan 2011 12:38pm

@Franz: A very nice experience, I'd say. The next generation will say "I inherited an old iPhone from my father. This old stuff makes me so nostalgic." :D

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Latest iMac?!
Lovely shot!

28 Jan 2011 2:31pm

@CElliottUK: YES! It's a brand new iType[\i]. Black-n-worn model to give that old-stuff feeling that people love nowadays :)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great capture...Love it!

28 Jan 2011 3:36pm

@RBL: Thanks RBL! I didn't see many around here. They're all in the basement, I suppose :)

philedmond from Angers, France

Nice close-up shot!

28 Jan 2011 4:03pm

Zahra Z. E. from kerman, Iran

beautiful DOF and deep colors.i like the compo u captured here

28 Jan 2011 4:09pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

It's such a shame they had to go away, it was such a great machine. I am happy they are still around to look at.

28 Jan 2011 7:23pm

Philou04 from Manosque, France

Souvenirs, souvenirs... Ce n'était pas une Underwood, mais mon père avait une machine un peu comme celle-là. Jolie prise.

28 Jan 2011 10:38pm

jeffrey from Haydenville, United States

very nice! I posted one recently of a typewriter as well, I had to take it through a window, but I like yours better!

28 Jan 2011 10:48pm

Tony Kelts of Great Falls from Great Falls, Montana, United States

An old non-powered word processor.

28 Jan 2011 11:20pm

Laurent from not far from Lyon, France

a beautiful old stuff with great textures very well presented with the shallow DOF, the good composition and the warm light

29 Jan 2011 5:20pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Wow, what a wonderfully old piece of equipment. I remember the long soft stroke of an Underwood, but the one I used in school didn't have the qwerty layout.
This is a great capture, Simone.

31 Jan 2011 1:51am

1/15 second
ISO 1600
75 mm (35mm equiv.)