“Underwood made its entry into the Depression market with the Junior. The Junior was not remarkably different from Underwood’s other portables; they just removed all but the most rudimentary features. Even the left-hand platen knob has been abandoned. This machine is not easily identified, as the name Junior appears nowhere on it. However, if you come across an Underwood portable with no ribbon color selector, no left platen knob, and no margin, backspace, or tab keys, it’s probably a Junior.” (Machines of Loving Grace)


If there is such a thing as an Underwood Junior with a backspace key, then this is probably it.



Some rudimentary features this typewriter is missing are:


Its front left foot!


One ribbon spool cover


Something on the margin rack replaced by wire?

It’s astonishing to me that a typewriter this old, dirty and neglected, has such a snappy typing action …


(wrong serial number and year shown above)

No frills, depression-era? Not judging by these keys


And yet, according to the TWDB, the serial number on this typewriter (840096 on the underside – E851777 to the left of the segment) dates it to 1935, which puts it bang in the middle of its “depression-era” classification.


Also on the TWDB (in a similar crinkle finish) is an Underwood 4-bank portable sighted by Richard Polt


Typewriters with a touch of glamour, yet not quite the real deal.