Underwood No. 5

Underwood Typewriter Company1915

Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum

Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum
Paderborn, Germany

The Underwood No. 5, which appeared in 1900, was the first classic modern typewriter (with visible text, upper- and lower-case letters and tab stops). It set the standard for all subsequent typewriters worldwide until they were superseded first by IBM electric typewriters, which used a type ball instead of type bars, and then by PCs. Photo: Jan Braun, HNF


  • Title: Underwood No. 5
  • Creator: Underwood Typewriter Company
  • Date: 1915
  • Location: New York

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