Miss Success = Underwood 5
The 'all-time' best selling typewriter, the
Wagner stands at the beginning of no less than three typewriters: the Caligraph, the Yost and the Densmore. The latter's idea for an extra connecting-piece in the transference from key to hammer matures: the 'accelerating sublever'. This transforms energy into speed just like the gearbox of a car. The result: a typewriter with a wonderfully light touch and whizzing hammers.
You can see what you are typing
He at last breaks through the rusty ideas of the major brands, which all strike the platen at the bottom (understrike). The typist cannot see what she is typing and only discovers her mistakes, many lines further on.
Wagner chooses the most logical solution:
He lays the type basket flat in front of the platen. This is not his idea, but comes from Daugherty two years earlier. However, the wobbling type bars are too long to guarantee an aligned result.
This is Wagner's shopping list for the best typewriter compromise ever:
With the 5, Underwood conquers half the market very quickly. The only thing the competitors can now do, is copy the formula for success. Just ten years later, Underwood is the new standard. More about Underwood's success>