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 John Thomas Underwood

John Thomas Underwood

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 2 Jul 1937 (aged 80)
Osterville, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 18, Lot 3852
Memorial ID 1050 · View Source
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Businessman. Born in London, England, he emigrated to the United States in 1873. He and his father established Underwood & Company, pioneering the manufacture of typewriter supplies, including carbon paper and other accessories to support the typewriters being manufactured by Remington & Sons. In 1894, Franz Wagner, a German born inventor, developed a typewriter design that finally made the print fully visible to the operator as it was being typed. In 1895 Underwood bought the patent to Wagner's ‘front-stroke' machine and improved upon it before deciding to manufacture the design. His new company, which later became Underwood, grew rapidly, and was producing 200 typewriters per week by 1898. In 1901, Underwood introduced its No. 5 model, which was sold in the millions over 30 years of production. Some of the new features Underwood included were a ribbon selector, a back spacer, and a tabular. By 1915, Underwood had created the standard for the entire typewriter industry and the company replaced the Remington as the number one typewriter manufacture in the world. At the time, the Underwood Company was producing some 500 machines a day, all of which had the visible print design. A state-of-the-art Underwood typewriter was featured in the 1939 New York World's Fair to represent the ‘World of Tomorrow.'

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1050
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Thomas Underwood (12 Apr 1857–2 Jul 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1050, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .