1957 Underwood LEADER *GOLDEN TOUCH* Portable, Working Manual Typewriter

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Behold the GORGEOUS aesthetic and bare-bones utility of this 1957 UNDERWOOD "GOLDEN TOUCH" LEADER. Vibrant BLUE-GREEN with black keys, this striking machine is guaranteed to increase your word count - you will not be able to resist the siren call emanating from this simple, beautiful typewriter.


Similar to a 1950's Series 5 Smith Corona Clipper and reminiscent of a scaled-down version of a Royal Quiet De Luxe, the LEADER possesses solid mechanics and basic functionality geared towards the productive wordsmith.

With its ultra-fast snappy keystroke, this is one of the best "economy" models ever made in portable size. The keystrike has all the authority of a Gatling gun, loud and authoritative. No one within earshot will dare question your productivity when you're working on this whiz of a machine. (Felt has been added under the ribbon cover for sound dampening and the included typewriter pad aids in sound control as well.)

The keytops are contoured and comfortable, discouraging slippage and fatigue. The keyboard is QWERTY with *added bonus* keys: ! °

What does "BARE BONES" mean? : This model does not have page supports, a paper bail (paper fingers hold the paper in place instead of a paper bail) or a tabulator function. It uses a single-color ribbon and does not have a margin release key.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Beginners, typewriter enthusiasts, AND productive wordsmiths.

THIS IS NOT the best machine for: Trophy-Collectors, Tab Set Junkies or Key-Choppers

This particular machine is in EXCELLENT used condition; All mechanics tested and working; the exterior is blemish-free with minor age-staining around the segment.

The UNDERWOOD LEADER is cosmetically in EXCELLENT condition: Free of cracks and gouges - its original BLUE paint exterior is in near perfect condition. The exterior has been cleaned and sanitized, the metal accents, keytops and exterior paint have been cleaned and polished. All decals and badges are intact and unscratched.

MECHANICALLY: All features are in full working order and the platen has been treated to renew its grip. The interior - including type bars and slugs - have been cleaned, detailed and lightly lubed where needed. This typewriter is in EXCELLENT mechanical condition.

The UNDERWOOD LEADER comes with its original Black hard travel suitcase
The case bears minor scuffs and scratches conducive to a life well traveled and is completely functional with a working closure. There is one crack at the base of the case which has been repaired and in no way impairs its use. (Please ask for a picture if you wish to view this detail) The case has been cleaned and sanitized, the exterior treated with a protective polish.

Model: LEADER Golden Touch
S/N: CC2875989
Year: 1957
Made In: U.S.A.
Keyboard: QWERTY
Typeface: PICA 10 cpi
Color: Blue

- PICA "font"
- Unique Keys: Has a ! key and a ° key
- Basket Shift/Shift Lock
- Line Spacing (3) settings
- Manual Margin Stops
- Paper Fingers
- Ribbon Direction Change Knob

- Original Travel Case
- NEW Black Ribbon
- Printout of User Manual
- NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad

The UNDERWOOD LEADER weighs in at 17 lbs. in it's case, 12.5 lbs on it's own. It has received a thorough cleaning and servicing by the seller, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact before your purchase. While I do not offer returns, I do guarantee my buyer's satisfaction. I only sell machines in working condition that have been cleaned and serviced by myself or a professional shop.

***Price includes fees and insurance common with packaging and shipping delicate machines.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-3 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 1 - 3 business days
  • Europe : 6 - 10 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

Please let me know if you would like a personalized message sent with your purchased item, especially if it is a gift - I will include in the packaging with 24-hr notice of ship date.

Care instructions

I insure all my machines when shipping and generally require signature upon receipt, especially if it's a non-residential address. If you would like your item delivered without the signature requirement, please notify the shop upon ordering.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Packaging these delicate machines for shipment is a must and Teipiadur uses high quality cardboard boxes, lots of peanuts, bubble wrap, airbags, strapping tape to reinforce box corners,and specific handling labels for the carrier to understand the fragility of their freight. All typewriters are fully insured and trackable.

Choose the Gift Option at checkout for an added special touch.
Gift wrapping consists of a personalized typed note on Crane stationery and a cheery satin red ribbon. Advance notice from the buyer is greatly appreciated to prepare as a gift before shipping.

Will I Need To Purchase a Ribbon for my Typewriter

Not right away. Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur comes with a brand new ribbon installed so you may begin typing at once. Generally a ribbon will last for several passes when the ribbon direction-change function is employed, this will give you 1-3 months of regular use and up to a year of light use before you need to buy a replacement. Recommended ribbon suppliers are included in your welcome letter.

Return & Exchange Policy Explained

While Teipiadur has an *ALL SALES ARE FINAL* policy, I prioritize customer satisfaction. If your order arrives severely damaged, or not functioning please contact me immediately - WITHIN 3 DAYS OF DELIVERY - and document any defects. All machines are sold in full working order so damage or functionality concerns will likely be a shipping issue. Failure to notify me within this parameter will nullify your claim and limit my ability provide reparation.

Vintage 101

VINTAGE - as applied to typewriters in this shop - means the typewriters are likely older than you, or possibly your parents.

All machines are in USED / PREVIOUSLY OWNED condition, bearing age-related marks + wear conducive to time and use.

Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur has been serviced/restored to full functionality, cleaned, inside and out, polished and listed with accurate notes and pictures depicting any major flaws or discrepancies.

While all typewriters offered for sale are in perfect working condition, expect your typewriter to show some visible signs of age. These are generally a testament to the machine's charm and history, not detractors.

Always ask questions before purchasing to insure your satisfaction.

Shipping News

Teipiadur now offers FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders within the continental U.S.

If you prefer expedited shipping, simply choose that option at checkout and the additional shipping charge will be added to your final cost.

If pickup in Sonoma, CA is desired, a flat shipping fee of $35 will be refunded once the transaction is complete.

Additional charges may apply for the following:
P.O. Box

Should the above apply, please provide your ZIP code with request for custom rate prior to your checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: Teipiadur generally ships via USPS as they take the greatest care in handling these delicate machines and deliver in an expedited manner with reliable tracking.

Care instructions

A personalized letter is included with each typewriter and details basic operational instructions as well as some useful typewriter related links.

NOTE: Please be mindful of the 3-day window to provide feedback regarding performance issues. Please give your typewriter a test run right away - Teipiadur WILL NOT be responsible for mechanical issues reported after 72 hours of receipt.

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