Underwood Elliott Fisher Company Typewriter (with special keyboard)
Metal, plastic, tape, and ink.
early 20th-mid 20th Century
The Underwood Typewriter Company began manufacturing typewriters in 1895. In the 1920s it introduced portable models. Throughout the history of typewriter manufacture in the United States, customization was an option for individuals and companies with particular typing needs; typewriter keyboards could be modified to print in such diverse "languages" as Chinese, Japanese, Braille, Shorthand, as well as various numeric keyboards. Dr Turner had his typewriter customized with keys bearing International Phoenetic Alphabet symbols to allow for phonetic typing of certain dialectic sounds, which enabled him to transcribe his work efficiently.