196X Underwood Touchmaster II #Unknown
Created: 09-11-2014 at 12:30PM
Last Edit: 11-15-2015 at 01:31PM
I assume this is an early '60s model, a bridge between the Golden-Touch standards and the far more popular Touch-Master 5. The Touch-Master II still has the Golden-Touch badge on the front valence, but its case is a new design that was slightly changed for the Touch-Master 5.
This machine was up for auction, and I had fully intended to buy it just to examine it more closely, but it was bundled with an Underwood 5 and a number of other vintage items, so the bidding got very stupid, very quickly. However, I'm betting that it will turn up fairly soon in a local ad by someone who just wants to flip the machines.
Something on this machine that I've never seen before is the use of Dymo labels on the keys to identify them. Weird. Did the original markings wear out? Or were the keys replaced with blank ones? It must feel very uncomfortable to type with this machine with all of those raised letters under your fingertips.
Note: The photos are not my own. They were from the auction listing.
Hunter: Uwe Wachtendorf (Uwe)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Typewriter collector based in Toronto who prefers mid-century models.
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