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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Ton Sison:
1973 Underwood 450

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1973 Underwood 450
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Status: My Collection
Created: 04-18-2013 at 09:44AM
Last Edit: 03-21-2015 at 02:46PM

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The Underwood 450 and the Olivetti Studio 45 seem identical in every respect except for the design of the typebars cover, the platen knobs, and the color scheme. The turquoise Studio 45 is what we often see. I will have to agree with Will Davis, Underwood 450 gets higher marks for looks. Like the Valentine, the Underwood 450/Studio 45 bears the creative fingerprints of noted Italian designer Ettore Sottsass. It's such a solid typer, I almost forgot that it's made of plastic. Made in Barcelona, Spain.


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Ton Sison
Username: TonS

In a parallel universe, I was once the Senior Vice-President of Design (Typewriter Division) at Ing. C. Olivetti & C.,S.p.A., Ivrea, Italy. In the real universe, I'm a Chicago-based casual collector and hunter of Olivetti typewriters, and related ephemera, publications, and film sightings.

1973 Underwood 450 Photo Gallery

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