Don't you love my vintage typewriter? It is an Underwood Universal--and from what I can find, it is a portable made some time post-war until the new machines appeared in the 1950's. I need to purchase a ribbon for it--would love to use it in my scrapbooking and crafting.
Here is some brief info on the Underwood typewriter:
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. By 1939, Underwood had produced five million machines.
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, recognizing 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”. When the company was in its heyday as the world's largest typewriter manufacturer, its factory at Hartford, Connecticut was turning out typewriters at the rate of one each minute.
(Above info from following source: http://en.wikipedia.org)
What about you--do you have an old typewriter at home? Do you still use it?