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These typewriters don't have a good reputation, but evidently you found one that's factory fresh, with good tolerances, well adjusted -- and all the original paperwork. Great score!
Not a good reputation? Why? This is one of my best!
Well, the conventional wisdom about '50s Underwood portables is that they're unreliable and the "fit and finish" isn't good. I have a couple of Deluxe Quiet Tabs -- top of the line models -- and neither one is working. Maybe they just don't hold up well under lots of use, and you got lucky and found one that was treated very gently and stayed good.Check the archives at the Portable Typewriter Forum for various users' comments on '50s Underwood portables.
Hmmm... I don't know. I've seen plenty, and I have never heard any bad things. BUT, that ONLY goes for the Golden-Touch series, and not the other Underwood portables.
i don't know what he is talking about regarding the reputation
That's a very nice! I'd never heard of that one - how did you come to covet one foe so long? As for me, I've been finding much newer machines this week, an underwood 319 and a smith-corona classic 12.the history of Underwood would make a good case study in business. I have a 1929 Underwood Noiseless that according to TW-DB was made by Remington. At the other end the 319 is an Olivetti.
Well, this is how I came to covet one... I loved the looks of it especially!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRjhbzvrHOs