Underwood No. 4 typewriters

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2015-06-26 10:30:20

Underwood No. 4 typewriters are collectible typewriters, produced in the first decades of the 20th century.

Underwood Typewriter Company

The company was founded in New York City in 1895.

Franz X. Wagner created the first Underwood typewriter for entrepreneur John Thomas Underwood, who founded the Underwood Typewriter Company on the back of Wagner’s designs.

The company produced the Underwood No.1 and Underwood No.2 between 1896 and 1900.

The firm merged with Olivetti in 1963 and the Underwood name quickly disappeared from the company’s typewriters, last appearing in Spain in the mid-1980’s.

Underwood No. 4 typewriters

The Underwood No. 4 was produced from 1900 to 1931 or 1932, in much smaller numbers than its No. 5 counterpart, which was produced during the same period.

The Underwood No. 4 was designed with 76 characters, eight less than the No. 5.

How much are Underwood No. 4 typewriters worth?

Good condition Underwood No. 4 typewriters can sell for up to $400 at internet auction sites.

The oldest specimens are the most sought after. A 1904 version achieved $400 at an eBay auction in October 2011.

Later versions and those in poor condition can be found for around $50.

 

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