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1958 Underwood Ace Serial # DC2939446 1958 Underwood Ace typewriter, Serial # DC2939446 Steven Blake's 1958 Underwood Ace typewriter. 2022-01-14 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Steven Blake: 1958 Underwood Ace Serial # DC2939446 Underwood Typewriter Company was just a couple of years from being acquired by Olivetti when this Golden Touch model was produced. It's a fine looking machine but only an adequate typer. The sterling reputation that Underwood had built during the early part of the 20th Century was all but forgotten by the time this machine rolled out of the factory. Competitors like Smith-Corona and Royal were looking at Underwood in their rearview mirrors from an engineering and quality perspective by then, so it's no surprise that Underwood sought out a merger with Olivetti as a lifeline.

This machine is a Quiet Tab "Ace," which as far as I can tell is a sub-sub-model of the Golden Touch line (there were also "Universal" and "DeLuxe" versions available). The pushbutton ribbon cover is a nice design "touch" and the only common feature it lacks is a carriage mounted paper support. The typeface - Stymie - is easy on the eyes too. But the real bonus is the case. It's covered front and back with an attractive tartan vinyl that would look perfectly at home in the hands of a well-heeled passenger sailing across the Atlantic on the Queen Mary, or maybe waiting on the tarmac at Idlewild Field preparing to board one of those sleek new Boeing 707s. It may be the most fashionable typewriter case I have seen yet.

1958 Underwood Ace #DC2939446

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Steven Blake (FloydGondolli)
Created: 01-13-2022 at 05:14PM
Last Edit: 01-14-2022 at 03:34PM


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Underwood Typewriter Company was just a couple of years from being acquired by Olivetti when this Golden Touch model was produced. It's a fine looking machine but only an adequate typer. The sterling reputation that Underwood had built during the early part of the 20th Century was all but forgotten by the time this machine rolled out of the factory. Competitors like Smith-Corona and Royal were looking at Underwood in their rearview mirrors from an engineering and quality perspective by then, so it's no surprise that Underwood sought out a merger with Olivetti as a lifeline.

This machine is a Quiet Tab "Ace," which as far as I can tell is a sub-sub-model of the Golden Touch line (there were also "Universal" and "DeLuxe" versions available). The pushbutton ribbon cover is a nice design "touch" and the only common feature it lacks is a carriage mounted paper support. The typeface - Stymie - is easy on the eyes too. But the real bonus is the case. It's covered front and back with an attractive tartan vinyl that would look perfectly at home in the hands of a well-heeled passenger sailing across the Atlantic on the Queen Mary, or maybe waiting on the tarmac at Idlewild Field preparing to board one of those sleek new Boeing 707s. It may be the most fashionable typewriter case I have seen yet.

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Hunter: Steven Blake (FloydGondolli)

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