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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mark Petersen:
19XX Underwood 4 Western Union Telegraph Mill

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19XX Underwood 4 Western Union Telegraph Mill
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Status: My Collection
Created: 11-01-2014 at 08:28PM
Last Edit: 10-24-2016 at 09:15AM

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This was offered to me at the killer price of $50 from a friend who misunderstood me when I said I was looking for a radio mill. I wanted something WW2 era, but this is MUCH cooler though I am still casually looking for a radio mill too. It is pretty good to type on though much of the machine reveals its age. The red panel on the front (looks a tad orange in the pictures) was one of the distinguishing characteristic of a Western Union mill, another being the specific serial number. It was repainted by the previous owner but is an exact match which I can see because the backside of the panel appears to be unmolested. I am very pleased to have this amazing machine in my collection!
Though there is a tag on the machine which has a date I saw the same date on another Underwood so it is unlikely it is the date of manufacture.

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Mark Petersen
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I am an aspiring novelist and avid typewriter enthusiast from the New River Valley in Virginia. I am a proud Virginia Tech graduate with an education in creative writing. I use typewriters for all my writing and am working on a novel. I also do street poetry. I often can be found writing on one of my machines in downtown Blacksburg and enjoying a drink.
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You can mail me at Mark Petersen / PO Box 6683 / Christiansburg, VA 24068-6683

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