Dating my underwood typewriter

Even the cardboard disk advertising Ell Wood ribbons and paper, which would have been displayed with the machine in the store, is still intact.

On the back of the Ell Wood promo is penciled, "Insp. B." Could these be the initials of an Underwood factory inspector? Though unlabeled, the lack of backspace, tab, or margin-release keys says that these must be the Underwood Junior.

Note the button to release the ribbon cover and the swoopy carriage return lever.

Not immediately apparent is a new geometric slab serif typeface--apparently based upon Memphis--that is more modern and artistic while still being professional enough for business use.

I tend to not agree with them except when I use this machine.

It rattles like a Model T on a washboard road, and has a keyboard touch only slightly more subtle than hailstones upon a steel-sided house.

Ads depicting it call it the "Rhythm Touch", though that probably applies more to its key action mechanics than the typewriter itself.

Nonetheless, lacking a more official name, Rhythm Touch is what most collectors call this model.

Underwood started adding addition and subtraction devices to their typewriters in about 1910.

This is a weighty machine, more desktop than portable, with a solid key touch to match.

Some people dislike the post-war Underwoods, citing a flimsy touch and awkardly-placed controls.

Apart from the De Luxe's cosmetic upgrade, the two are virtually the same machine.

The only major functional improvements are the addition of wing-like paper supports, a metered paper pail, and a variable line spacer. This second version of the De Luxe Quiet Tab is probably the flashiest typewriter Underwood ever produced.

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