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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Brad Sarno:
1939 Underwood Universal

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1939 Underwood Universal
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Status: My Collection
Created: 03-18-2014 at 11:56AM
Last Edit: 03-18-2014 at 11:58AM

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This is a pretty clean 1939 Underwood Universal. It's a really nice typer in my opinion. An easy feel, comfortable stroke, nice and fast too. To me, this version of the Universal has great lines, a beautiful example of aesthetics in industrial design. It seems to be a very well build machine with nice metalwork, plating, finishing, and general precision. I really like the look and feel of these shiny black keys. The rubber feet on this one are in near perfect condition, perhaps replaced along the way. The platen is good too, not absurdly hard. The body panels on it are all lined with that sound absorbing felt-like material which helps make it a fairly quiet machine. It has an elite typeface, 12-pitch.

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Brad Sarno
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I've spent my life as a mechanical and electronics tinkerer, bikes, cars, lawnmowers, appliances, cameras, audio gear, guitars, amplifiers, and pedal steel guitars. I was trained as a typist for 2 years back in the late 70's on IBM Selectric II's. At home I recall my mother having an Olympia SM3. More recently we got our daughter a typewriter for Christmas, and that somehow sparked my own personal interest in these fine and interesting machines. Now it's a habit that just won't quit. Daily searches on Craigslist, frequent trips to antique stores & malls, garage sales, etc. It's a fun and healthy addiction.

1939 Underwood Universal Photo Gallery

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