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1955 Underwood All-Electric Serial # E I2-7721637 1955 Underwood All-Electric typewriter, Serial # E I2-7721637 Javier Vazquez del Olmo's 1955 Underwood All-Electric typewriter. 2015-10-02 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Javier Vazquez del Olmo: 1955 Underwood All-Electric Serial # E I2-7721637 This one is going to need heavy repairs, but I´m confindent it will survive.

I bought it assuming it was dead as Napoleon´s grandma, but what was my surprise when I plugged it and it started roaring. The motor sounded like GRRRRRK TRUNKLE TRUNKLE TRUNKLE, but I hope it´s because 3 decades of dirt settling in. Everything is extremely dirty, but there is some serious potential here.

As for the technicals, it is also quite promising. I expect this monster to be my best electric typebar machine. Weighs like a million tons, so it should be extremely stable. Something I find very useful is a system of easy platen removal. You can keep it clean with no effort at all.

On the aesthetic side, I find it quite nice. It looks like a Finger-Flite on steroids, and the keyboard is a true winner. I love the layout with the tabulator and the return keys.

Finally, speaking about history, I´ve been told these were used here in Valladolid at one of the largest (and few) factories we have. They had an army of them, and I bet all of them have marched in formation to the junkyard.

If I manage to repair it, I´ll submit a typeface.

1955 Underwood All-Electric #E I2-7721637

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)
Created: 10-02-2015 at 01:06PM
Last Edit: 10-02-2015 at 01:11PM


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This one is going to need heavy repairs, but I´m confindent it will survive.

I bought it assuming it was dead as Napoleon´s grandma, but what was my surprise when I plugged it and it started roaring. The motor sounded like GRRRRRK TRUNKLE TRUNKLE TRUNKLE, but I hope it´s because 3 decades of dirt settling in. Everything is extremely dirty, but there is some serious potential here.

As for the technicals, it is also quite promising. I expect this monster to be my best electric typebar machine. Weighs like a million tons, so it should be extremely stable. Something I find very useful is a system of easy platen removal. You can keep it clean with no effort at all.

On the aesthetic side, I find it quite nice. It looks like a Finger-Flite on steroids, and the keyboard is a true winner. I love the layout with the tabulator and the return keys.

Finally, speaking about history, I´ve been told these were used here in Valladolid at one of the largest (and few) factories we have. They had an army of them, and I bet all of them have marched in formation to the junkyard.

If I manage to repair it, I´ll submit a typeface.

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I´m surprised this thrashed plug still works...
I´m surprised this thrashed plug still works...


What a profile!
What a profile!






Platen away!
Platen away!


Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)

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The first typewriter I saw was my grandpa´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didn´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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