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197X Underwood 19 Serial # U-667023-027 197X Underwood 19 typewriter, Serial # U-667023-027 Javier Vazquez del Olmo's 197X Underwood 19 typewriter. 2016-07-29 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Javier Vazquez del Olmo: 197X Underwood 19 Serial # U-667023-027 This typewriter may seem as a lowly impersonator with the (missing) Underwood badge on it. Well, it´s a rebranded Olivetti-made typewriter, but all in all it´s not that bad.

First of all, I rescued it at a one-figure-price, so I pretty much didn´t care about the condition. If it worked, that´s fine because typewriters have to work. But if it doesn´t, it´s fine as well because I have some challenge ahead. The bad part is that is works only approximately. There´s something going in the escapement because it tends to skip spaces at random, and I do´t know if it´s a matter of dirt or something more complex.

The good part is the potential of this machine. Somehow, I find it quite attractive. The design inside it has its little own beauty. These ribbon spools and the skeleton of the machine go perfectly together, and even if it looks like another chunk of plastic it´s a metal bodied typewriter. Another thing I like a lot is the ribbon color selector. In good condition this typewriter should be pretty decent, and it deserves a little effort by me to get well soon.

And now another question: should we have an Underwood (Olivetti) category for the 19´s?

197X Underwood 19 #U-667023-027

Status: My Collection
Created: 07-29-2016 at 11:03AM
Last Edit: 07-29-2016 at 11:09AM


Description:

This typewriter may seem as a lowly impersonator with the (missing) Underwood badge on it. Well, it´s a rebranded Olivetti-made typewriter, but all in all it´s not that bad.

First of all, I rescued it at a one-figure-price, so I pretty much didn´t care about the condition. If it worked, that´s fine because typewriters have to work. But if it doesn´t, it´s fine as well because I have some challenge ahead. The bad part is that is works only approximately. There´s something going in the escapement because it tends to skip spaces at random, and I do´t know if it´s a matter of dirt or something more complex.

The good part is the potential of this machine. Somehow, I find it quite attractive. The design inside it has its little own beauty. These ribbon spools and the skeleton of the machine go perfectly together, and even if it looks like another chunk of plastic it´s a metal bodied typewriter. Another thing I like a lot is the ribbon color selector. In good condition this typewriter should be pretty decent, and it deserves a little effort by me to get well soon.

And now another question: should we have an Underwood (Olivetti) category for the 19´s?

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Photos:

I still don´t know excatly why, but I find this view quite nice. Beautiful design!
I still donĀ“t know excatly why, but I find this view quite nice. Beautiful design!

This ribbon selector is a nice little detail.
This ribbon selector is a nice little detail.



Case in original condition: DIRTY
Case in original condition: DIRTY





Underwood italiana, AKA Olivetti
Underwood italiana, AKA Olivetti

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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