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UNDERWOOD DELUXE TYPEWRITER (TPW 250)
- Title: Underwood Deluxe Typewriter
- Item code: TPW 250
- country: Canada
- Serial #A3023333
- Material: Metal
- Colour: Light Grey
- Keyboard & Font/Typeface:
- QWERTY Keyboard
- Elite typeface with 12 pts for the inch
- Extra Clean
The Underwood typewriter was essentially the first modern typewriter. It was invented by Franz Xavier Wagner. Meanwhile, John Thomas Underwood was a prominent ribbon maker who had significant business with Remington. Remington eventually cancelled the ribbon supply agreement, in lieu of manufacturing their own ribbons. This led Underwood to purchase Wagner’s patents. Thus, in 1895, the Underwood Typewriter Company was born, with headquarters in New York City. So, Remington was partially responsible for creating one of their largest competitors.
Underwood continued to dominate the American typewriter market for many years. In 1927, Underwood merged with the Elliot-Fisher Company, forming the Underwood Elliot-Fisher Company. In 1959, the Italian manufacturer Olivetti bought a controlling interest in Underwood in 1959. They fully merged in October 1963, becoming known in the US as Olivetti-Underwood.
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