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This typewriter is in its mostly original condition and only its key cases have been restored. The keyboard includes both lower and upper case letters since the shift key wasn't invented yet.The Calagraph model No 1 has upper case letters only while the No 2 (like this one) came out a few months later with the dual keyboard and was tauted to be quite an advancement. The Calagraph Number 1 and Number 2 each came out in the early 1880s making them very early typewriters and along with the first Hammonds were the 2nd and 3rd sucessful keyboard typewriters to enter the market about 8 years after the first typewriter (Sholes & Glidden) in 1873. I thought you may be interested in a small booklet I found in a box of typewriter junk I purchased. What better way to appreciate your typewriter than by knowing its age. It by no means has every brand, model, and serial number. Smith-Corona, Remington, Royal, Underwood, Woodstock-Allen, and IBM. I am doing the post in 2 parts to keep the length of the post manageable.
Also, the platen has tiny flat surfaces since curved typewriter keys were not yet invented and printer's type was still being used. This 4 bank Underwood portable typewriter was made in Canada but what is really unusual is its correspondant's case.
The case folds out to become a mini table or typewriter stand. This 4 bank Underwood and its fold out mini-table are both in good condition with an estimated conditional rating of 2-,2. 1923) was before laser printers and before photocopying when the practical and inexpensive method of copying letters was with carbon paper or a mimeograph.
If your typewriter was made in 1904, 1906, 1907 or 1908, the serial number will be 50000, 100000, 150000 or 200000. Models made between 19 were numbered between 551000, while models from 1918 to 1925 were numbered between 1050000 to 1910000.
Serial numbers 2070000 to 3825000 indicate the typewriter was made between 19.
Open-framed typewriters date from 1900 to the 1930s, while closed-frame models are from the '30s onward. Portable typewriters, which were slightly smaller, can be dated by their keys.