Growing up, when I thought of the “great American writers” I often pictured them huddled over an Underwood. Despite the fact that so many of the writers I now admire never used an Underwood.
For some reason, this typewriter became associated with literature in my mind and, I suspect, many others.
Known initially as the Wagner Typewriter Company, the Underwood began on Hudson Street in New York City.
I love the portables, like this “3-bank” from 1922:
But even the later models are worth collecting, like this gunmetal grey “finger flite” portable from 1951:
Olivetti took control over Underwood in the 1960s and the name lived on, hyphenated, for another twenty years, a subject for a future post.