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19XX Underwood Champion

Serial #D32569

Really hard to read, but I believe the ship name on the sticker is the Saxonia.

This is the second Champion I've lucked into with a case that folds out into its own desk. I bought it along with three other machines, and when I saw the double latches I had a pretty good guess as to what it was. I love these cases. This one is in much better condition to the other one I own, which, sadly, is rotting. As a bonus, this case features stickers from the Cunard steamship line, which I believe are authentic. The identification sticker has been filled in and it's hard to read, but I managed to read the ship name, Saxonia, with some effort. The RMS Saxonia was the second Cunard ship with that name and was in operation as the Saxonia from 1954 to 1952. (The first Saxonia was scrapped in 1925.) The ship was renamed the Carmania in 1962, so that narrows down the dates. (The ship was later sold to the Soviets, became the Leonid Sobinov, and became known as the Red Bikini Girl after a woman swam from the ship seeking political asylum in Australia wearing only a red bikini.) I wasn't able to match up the serial to the database, which would suggest this was from 1926, which can't be right, as the D serials didn't start until 1931, though with a six-digit serial, and this machine has five numbers. There's an inverted 7 at the end of the serial that doesn't appear to have been part of the serial. Long story short, I'll enjoy taking this case to the park, unfolding it, and imagining I'm writing dispatches to the home front--without wifi.

Owned By: James Gifford

Username: giffer
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I have suddenly become a typewriter collector. It started with one purchase and has ballooned to a collection of more than forty in less than a year. I'm learning fast but I'm still a novice compared to others in the typosphere, including here in Toronto, where I haunt thrift shops and antique markets, and even the occasional basement. I'm a former magazine writer and published author, and a professional book editor by trade, and I learned to type on manuals despite the proliferation of electrics, so I like to think I come by my sudden and rather manic passion honestly.

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Champion branded on the inside vertical of the spacebar.

Really hard to read, but I believe the ship name on the sticker is the Saxonia.

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