Monday, 10 December 2012

The Underwood

 Postcard no 298 - (Reneee)

Sent by a postcrosser in the USA this card is just my cup of tea.  I had an upright typewriter like this when we lived in an old Victorian house and it had pride of place in the study.  (I can remember when my Mum got her first little portable typewriter, in a cream coloured case, to replace her old upright). The Underwood Typewriter Company was a manufacturer of typewriters headquartered in New York City, New York. Underwood produced what is considered the first widely successful, modern typewriter.  

The original Underwood typewriter was invented by German-American Franz Xaver Wagner, who showed it to entrepreneur John Thomas Underwood. Underwood supported Wagner and bought the company, recognising the importance of the machine. Underwood No. 1 and No. 2s, made between 1896 and 1900, had "Wagner Typewriter Co." printed on the back.

The Underwood No. 5 launched in 1900 has been described as "the first truly modern typewriter". Two million had been sold by the early 1920s, and its sales “were equal in quantity to all of the other firms in the typewriter industry combined”.  By 1939, Underwood had produced five million machines.

There were some super stamps on this card -

 This one is part of a series that I love -
The series was reviewed by Danielle in her blog.

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