I adopted this little three-bank Underwood portable, designed by Lee Spear Burridge, last Saturday during our trip to “Onterfd Goed”. This machine came onto the market in 1920. Manufacturing stopped in 1929.
No patents are mentioned on the back of my machine. Also no mentioning of Gubelmann. It only says: “Made in U.S.A. Patents pending.” It has a French QWERTY layout, with a double shift. The serial number is 10572. According to the typewriter database, it was manufactured in 1921, only the second year of production! Unfortunately for me the decal on the front has worn off, but the one on the paper table is still in good condition. The typewriter also still has it’s original spools.
There is already a lot written about this machine, so I won’t do the same again. You can read all of it following the links below:
* Underwood portables, by Richard Milton
* Underwood portable typewriters, part 1, by Robert Messenger
* The design of the Underwood 3, by Robert Messenger
* The Typewriter in the Leopold and Loeb Case, by Robert Messenger
* Yet Another Centenary, by Robert Messenger
* Underwood portable 3, by typewriter.be
* Underwood portable gallery, by Machines of loving grace
* Review of an Underwood Portable, by Stevetype33
* Underwood Portable: A Few More Pics, by MagicMargin.
* Underwood Standard Portable Typewriter, by Neurasthenia.