1950 Underwood Finger-Flite Champion #J2115747
Status: My Collection
Created: 03-18-2015 at 04:09AM
Last Edit: 10-04-2019 at 08:12AM
I'm a bit confused with this one (as I usually am). I'm not really sure about the dating, but it should be somewhere in the 50's. The J-prefix is quite puzzling, because the rest of the Finger-Flite Champions have an M-prefix.
But before this what confused me was the fact that it was not working. And there goes another instance of the well documented "I bought a working machine but it's dead" issue. Fortunately I managed to revive it, after it had been hit hard during transport. Then it has revealed itself as a good typewriter, quick and accurate. Besides, the overall design is quite nice, and could be even better if it had round glass keys. In that case this little guy could be a real showstopper.
--- UPDATE ---
Digging around I have to swallow my previous statement and the J prefix isn't weird. This is clearly a 1950 Finger-Flite Champion and I've needed a handful of years to realize. I'm trying to put together an Underwood timeline and that's why I've noticed my mistake. Why putting together a timeline if there are (far better done) others out there? Because it's good exercise, the same way my personal notes worked better for me than other people's. And while I'm at it I'm learning a lot. That's the whole point.
Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
The first typewriter I saw was my grandpaÂ´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didnÂ´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98. Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter only returned home in 2017, almost 20 years later, when he wanted a better typewriter.
A collection that started small grew into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.
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