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Portable Typewriters » Underwood 450 age? » 31-8-2018 16:57:22

KenDow
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typewriterdatabase.com was my main though when I said "the usual sites", so good to know I'm looking in the right place.

Underwood serial numbers appear to be a bit of a mess, with some models having their own serial ranges while others share with the Olivettis they are based on. All very confusing! 1974 seems like a decent guess based on the Studio 46, and it shares the same mechanism as this 450, so that seems to make some sense.

Portable Typewriters » Underwood 450 age? » 31-8-2018 10:24:19

KenDow
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I've just picked up a nice Underwood 450 in a charity shop for £10. It was a bit grubby, but cleaned up nicely. I also found a couple of loose springs in the case, but was able to figure out where they went.

The thing I'm having trouble with is putting a date on it. The serial number is 2118261, but I can't find any details of 450 serial numbers in any of the usual sites.

Portable Typewriters » Olympia Splendid 33, 66, and 99 - differences? » 30-7-2018 16:48:08

KenDow
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I picked up a nice Olympia Splendid at the weekend - a 1967 model according to the serial number. The paint is mostly good except for some scuffing on the rear where it's rubbed inside the carrying case. The main downside is that the "Splendid" badge on the ribbon cover is missing, which means I don't know if it's the Splendid 33, 66, or 99.

Looking around the internet I found a few sites saying the differences between the three models was minimal, but nothing actually saying what those minimal differences were.

https://i.imgur.com/JoZI80K.jpg

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 30-7-2018 16:46:26

KenDow
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Hello all. My name is Ken and I live in the UK. I'm a recent convert to typewriters, but found myself getting drawn to them after seeing the endless selection of them that passes through a local charity shop. I currently own a 1973 Hermes Ambassador, and a 1967 Olympia Splendid. Keeping my eye out for a Lettera 32...

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