American Made Portables
Enjoy the pictures and historical information about the Automatic, Bennett, Blickensdorfer, Dayton, Fox, Remington, and Sun manual portable typewriters. It will become obvious, this is just a small sampling
of pictures. I hope to add to this time goes on.
|The Automatic was blind (could not see print as you were typing), universal keyboard( 3-bank), portable, manufactured in Brooklyn, N. Y., 1883. The inventor: E. M. Hamilton.||
|Barr Universal was a visible standard keyboard portable manufactured in New York, New York in 1926|
The Bennett was a visible, with a universal 3 bank keyboard portable manufactured in in Harrisnonburg, PA in 1910.
|The Blickensderfer was a visible with a
3-bank keyboard portable manufactured in Stamfiord, CT, manufactured in
1893. The inventor was G. C. Blickensderfer.
This was a typewheel, or type cylinder machine. This unit as well as others of it's class, such as the Crandall (1879), Hammond (1886), and Chicago (1890).
Machines of this type were competitive into the 1920's.
|The Dayton was a visible, had a
portable, manufactured in Dayton, OH.
This typewriter entered the market in 1924. This 4-bank visible weighed 12 lbs. and was priced to sell for $35.00 retail.
|The Fox Baby was a visible portable typewriter with a universal keyboard (3- bank). Manufactured in Grand Rapids, MI in 1917, it was invented by Henry P. Nordmark|
|The Remington No. 1 Portable was a
a standard keyboard. It was manufactured in Elmira, NY in 1923.
This portable had a 4-bank single shift
keyboard. Office sized machines influenced the trend toward this style
of keyboards on portables.
His sounded the "death knell" for the 3-bank universal type keyboards.
|The Sun was a visible portable, with a universal 3-bank keyboard, double shift mechanism. It was invented by Less S. Burridge and manufactured in 1885. A 1901 Model is shown here.|
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