1940 Underwood Student #S1331076
Status: My Collection
Created: 09-04-2016 at 07:12PM
Last Edit: 09-05-2016 at 12:10AM
I bought this Underwood not because of the typewriter, which is a sturdy little machine (I couldn't find a model name on it, nor could I find a similar serial number in the database), but for the case, which folds out into a desk. I like to imagine that this machine could have been used by a soldier in the field or a writer typing in a meadow. One corner of the case is degrading, but it will still fold out and support the typewriter, though I have to be careful with it or it will fall apart. I will try to reinforce the case at some point before the damage worsens. I've only seen one other Underwood with a folding case on eBay, in mint condition, which sold for twice what I paid for it (I made an offer, which was accepted). This typewriter is one of my favourites. Any clarification about the model and date would be appreciated.
Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I am a writer and book editor as well as a collector of typewriters. It started with an Hermes 3000 desktop, which I stupidly sold last year, but now another sits on my desk for typing envelopes with a beautiful sans serif typeface. I type every day on different machines in my collection, which stands at about 60 at the moment. Favourites include my two 3000s, a 1930s Smith-Corona Silent, the Olivetti Studio 44 (red case), and a crinkle, chrome-encircled Royal Quiet Deluxe. I have also been finding very inexpensive Royal 10s of late; I currently own three, two from the 1910s and the other a later model, and another (1931) I sold to a friend at cost for his son, who appreciates vintage things. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting machines and often trade or sell to try new models. Living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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