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1939 Underwood Ace Serial # S1248292 1939 Underwood Ace typewriter, Serial # S1248292 Jack B's 1939 Underwood Ace typewriter. 2015-02-10 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Jack B: 1939 Underwood Ace Serial # S1248292 This elusive typer was snagged from a keychopper a few months ago. At the time I knew nothing about it, I still know nothing more than a few observations. Here are a few:

This generation of Ace (another version appears in the '50s) appears to have been manufactured in the late '30s as a bottom-budget machine for Underwood, much like the Corona Comet that came a few years later. Like the Comet Deluxe, this machine has glossy stripes exclusive to the model. It is also worth noting that this machine has flat keytops, even though by this time Underwood was using much more comfortable rounded ones. The flat keytops seem to be an attempt to make the machine seem more cheap. This is another link to the Comet, all Comets lack the standard rounded keytops that Corona had been using for some time.

This machine lacks a tabulator, ribbon color selector, touch control, and a margin release. My particular machine needs carriage adjustment and new feet, but aside from that is in beautiful shape. I never knew that crinkle paint could be so shiny and.. well, clean! What kind of person could have chopped the keys off and thrown the rest in the trash?

1939 Underwood Ace #S1248292

Status: My Collection
Created: 02-10-2015 at 08:00PM
Last Edit: 02-10-2015 at 08:01PM


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This elusive typer was snagged from a keychopper a few months ago. At the time I knew nothing about it, I still know nothing more than a few observations. Here are a few:

This generation of Ace (another version appears in the '50s) appears to have been manufactured in the late '30s as a bottom-budget machine for Underwood, much like the Corona Comet that came a few years later. Like the Comet Deluxe, this machine has glossy stripes exclusive to the model. It is also worth noting that this machine has flat keytops, even though by this time Underwood was using much more comfortable rounded ones. The flat keytops seem to be an attempt to make the machine seem more cheap. This is another link to the Comet, all Comets lack the standard rounded keytops that Corona had been using for some time.

This machine lacks a tabulator, ribbon color selector, touch control, and a margin release. My particular machine needs carriage adjustment and new feet, but aside from that is in beautiful shape. I never knew that crinkle paint could be so shiny and.. well, clean! What kind of person could have chopped the keys off and thrown the rest in the trash?

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