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Toto

Sbemus, thanks so much for the answer to my question. And JC, thanks again for the post that prompted the question that prompted the research.

cevas

Hi sbemus! Thanks for the very interesting information. I learn a lot from jigidi.

sbemus

?Found this interesting info. Thanks for asking the question that sparked this research! The Smith Premier Typewriter Company was established in 1886 by brothers Lyman Cornelius, Wilbert, Monroe C., and Hurlburt Smith. The brothers created the first machine to use both uppercase and lowercase letters. In 1887, the Smith-Premier, the first typewriter to bear the Smith name, was manufactured in Lyman C. Smith?s gun factory in Syracuse, New York. Lyman and Wilbert Smith owned the gun factory and Wilbert?s became interested in improving typewriters. The parts of a typewriter are surprisingly similar to those of a shotgun, so producing the typewriter at the gun factory was logical and easy. By 1888 business was going so well that the Smith brothers discontinued shotgun production and strictly produced typewriters.

Toto

I adore so many of your photos as they so often tickle my curiousity. This is a good example as I notice that the typewriter is an L.C. Smith and, coincidently, my husband owns several L.C. Smith shotguns. I wonder if the typewriter and shotguns were made by the same company.

tanhse37

Learned to type on one of those. Way back in school.

JiggyBelle

I remember these, too. We didn't have one, but they were such wonderful things for the time! Love it. Thanks, JC!

cevas

Very good picture! They were certainly built to last! Thank, JC.

mpilnadyful

Love these old machines. I had two but they are soooo heavy that in my last move, I donated them to be auctioned for a good cause. Thanks JC - I think I'm back to horizontal now.

pkin38

That is so funny was out in the garage looking yesterday and there it was the old typewriter. Thanks for posting....

chickiemama

No spell-check on those babys! Thanks jcarroll.

juneshone

I learned typing on a thing much like this which is why I hit the keys really hard on my lap top

jcarroll

This is in a Baxter Springs, Kansas, museum.
Requires NO electricity.

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