In the 1960’s the company was sold to Olivetti, but the story of the Underwood typewriter continues.
The first typewriters produced under Wagner/Underwood where in 18, these early typewriters had “Wagner Typewriter Co.” printed on the back.
Shown in this article is the Underwood typewriter model 6-11. The Open-framed underwood typewriters date from 1900 to the 1930s.
The number 6 and 11 are displayed to the left and right of the Underwood logo. There counter parts, closed frame models, were produced from the 1930’s onward.
The museum contains at least one typewriter from each decade since the 1880s. Martin were on the History Channel television show Modern Marvels episode called "Retro Tech" which originally aired on December 19, 2008.
When looking for Underwood Typewriters, finding a model # 1 or 2 is an amazing find indeed. Determining the age and model number can be really important when trying to figure out price and how much the typewriter might be worth.
There were only about 12,000 of these models produced, so they are very rare. Underwood typewriters came in two forms, open frame and closed frame.
Later versions, like the one I purchased (Model 6-11), were made in the early 1930’s can be found for -0 depending on condition. Open frame simply means that your able to see the inner workings of the typewriter.
My fiance (Kathleen), purchased mine for , which is a heck of a deal considering the condition it was in. If it’s closed frame, the mechanical mechanisms are closed from view and covered by a sheet of metal.