Underwood De Luxe Quiet Tab

I didn’t have time to take pictures, so I just borrowed these pics from Machines Of Loving Grace. I would encourage everyone to visit the site for a detailed overview of these machines (and while you’re there, take time to visit the entire site). Richard Polt also features his black & white DLQT (which he dubbed “the squad car”) HERE.

16 thoughts on “Underwood De Luxe Quiet Tab

  1. aww, both have the same font? My 57 Underwood has the same font, but it’s the plainish, boxy style of body rather than the swank, swoopy style that you have. If I had the bux, I’d gladly relieve you of the brown one. 😀

    • Yeah, I never thought I’d see a B&W one for sale. It was a fluke, because I certainly wasn’t looking for it. Just when I tell my wife I’m taking a break from acquiring these machines, I see this and couldn’t pass it up.

  2. I would keep the black & white one; it’s very classic and goes with pretty much every decor.

    I happen to like this font very much in the small size. But I can also understand why you’d prefer pica, to show off the typeface’s artistry. Very nice!

  3. I would go with the black and white one. I have never seen this color scheme before, and it really is a treat. Reminds me of a big ass car from the 30’s, you know? I love those teeny tiny typefaces, myself.
    Of course, if you decide to get rid of the black and white one, I could always take it off your hands… 😀

  4. Definitely keep the black and white typewriter. It’s got a certain kind of charm, that the brown one doesn’t quite have. My gut feeling. 🙂 Especially if you know that this one is exceptionally clean and in great condition; that in itself makes it worthy of keeping in one’s collection.

    Me personally? It looks awesome, but I prefer the more austere, modest designs of the Brother portables of the 60s-80s and the Royal Quiet Deluxe, Underwood Champion, etc.

    • Seems that most people are going for the b&w as well. I, too, like the RQD and Underwood Champions. In fact, my problem is that I like too many different styles. I don’t have a particular favorite make or model, other than that I prefer pre-1961 models. I’m sure I might see something more recent that I might find interesting, but the flat, plasticky machines don’t seem to do it for me. I’m not knocking them or anything. It’s just a subjective preference on my part.

  5. You have posed a very difficult question. There are ways in which I like the brown color scheme more; partly since it is such a clear break from the black machines of old. However, the black and white model has a nice noir look about it. I’ve also seen fewer of them on the Bay of Evil over the last year. As difficult a choice as this is, I’d probably stick with the binary color scheme.

    It just occurred to me that the black/white machine would look totally at home on the streets of Havana. All it needs are some wheels and a little bit of bling.

    • Yeah, I really like the two-tone brown color scheme. It’s warm, and goes well with the restof my studio. But beyond the color issue, the B&W has the better designed carriage lever, ribbon cover, and type face. It’s a tough call, but I’m leaning toward keeping the B&W one.

      • I just realized where the black and white machine would look at home: in a Roger Rabbit cartoon! The typeface would settle the deal for me personally. I have the green/lavender machine and enjoy its unique look.

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