Underwood Standard Portable typewriters

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2015-06-26 10:30:21

Underwood Standard Portable 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 Standard Portable typewriters

Designed by Lee Burridge, the Underwood Standard Portable was produced in two main forms, between 1919 and the 1940s.

Those with three banks of keys were manufactured between 1919 and 1929.

Those with four banks of keys were made mostly during the 1930s and 1940s.

They came with their own carry case and were hugely popular with itinerant business people.

The Underwood Standard Portable competed with Remington and Corona offerings during the 1920’s and 1930’s as the portable typewriter of choice.

How much are Underwood Standard Portable typewriters worth?

Three-bank versions from the 1920’s can achieve between $15 and $125 at internet auctions, depending on condition.

Excellent condition four-bank versions from the 1930’s have achieved $160 in the past.

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