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    Old Underwood Typewriter

    I have an old Underwood typewriter that's been around the house since I was a child (and who knows how long before that). It's in good shape, and still works (except for a dried-up ribbon). I can't find any model numbers on the thing, so can't give any specifics except that it weighs a ton.

    Does anyone have any idea how old this typewriter may be?


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    Just looking at it I would guess 1940's or 50's.

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    From the front lettering and gray color plus overall design, 1960's. Mom had one just like it purchased when she was in High School in 1965. I inherited it and it served me faithfully through High School and College (1987-1994). Unfortunately she ended up selling it after I moved out but I eventually got a Smith-Corona Silent c. 1947 I found at an antique shop for $10, never used and in it's original case.

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    Big Man, your typewriter resembles the Underwood SX 100 from the 50's I believe:



    Still, the art deco molding on the SX 100 shown has only three ribs as apposed to the five on yours.

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    Thanks for the information, folks. I can remember that old typewriter being around the house in the early to mid 1960's,but don't know if it was "old"then or not. I couldn't find any kind of marking or numbers on the thing, but then I may not be looking in the right place.

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    Sometimes you have to go to great lengths to find the serial numbers which are on a metal tag somewhere insite the typewriter. Once you get the model # and Serial # you can go HERE and look it up and you'll find the date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brspiritus View Post
    Sometimes you have to go to great lengths to find the serial numbers which are on a metal tag somewhere insite the typewriter. Once you get the model # and Serial # you can go HERE and look it up and you'll find the date.
    Thanks for the link. I'll start searching for the numbers.

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    Thats an Underwood "Rhythm Touch" from the early 1950's check out www.machinesoflovinggrace.com

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    Thanks. Early 1950's would be just about right for the history of this old typewriter with my family.

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    Looking at this reminds me to dig out my Nero Wolfe novels for some Archie working on his typewriter to annoy his favorite fatty.

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