Underwood Standard Typewriter, No. 5., Used by George Washington Carver at the Tuskegee Institute, 1930-1933

Summary

This typewriter is an Underwood No. 5 manual typewriter, a common typewriter found in offices and laboratories all over America during the early 20th century. But this typewriter was used by George Washington Carver in his laboratory at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Carver probably typed scientific reports and agricultural bulletins on this typewriter -- he generally preferred to write personal letters by hand.

This typewriter is an Underwood No. 5 manual typewriter, a common typewriter found in offices and laboratories all over America during the early 20th century. But this typewriter was used by George Washington Carver in his laboratory at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Carver probably typed scientific reports and agricultural bulletins on this typewriter -- he generally preferred to write personal letters by hand.

Artifact

Typewriter

Date Made

1930-1933

Creators

Underwood Typewriter Company 

Underwood, John T. 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by Underwood Typewriter Company in New York City

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

97.6.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Dr. Austin W. Curtis.

Material

Composite material
Nitrocellulose
Rubber (Material)

Color

Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 10.5 in

Width: 13.25 in

Length: 18.125 in

Inscriptions

Location not noted: UNDERWOOD 12 Printed on tape reel: REORDER NU-KOTE; BR76 Location not noted: COPYRIGHT 1895-1923 Location not noted: UNDERWOOD TYPEWRITER COMPANY

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