Underwood Inks

Old Ink Bottle Companies & Their History

John Thomas Underwood is remember more for his role in the early production of the typewriter than he is for his ink bottles.

Underwood was a entrepreneur, born in England, who began his career in this country in a humble way in 1872. At that time, he began making paper and ink in a barn at New Durham, New Jersey. His skills in chemistry were inherited from his father who had worked with Michael Faraday and invented several inks and copy papers. In 1886, John T. Underwood registered a design for a beautiful ink bottle. The design, pleasing to antique ink bottle collectors, was made in three sizes. With the money made from his fledging ink and paper business, he began manufacturing typewriters after being shown a model patented by by German-born mechanic, franz X. Wagner. the Underwood typewriter company was founded in 1895 and his ink business took a back seat to the new technology. the company continued making and selling ink in bottles well into the 20th century

Material adapted from Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders By John N. Ingham

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