Typewriters

Museum

At some point during 2017 I found, abandoned next to a trash can, a typewriter. It was an Olivetti Studio 46, and someone ungrateful had thrown it thinking it wouldn't be useful anymore. It was new, impeccable. So I took it, not with the aim of giving it a second life but, at least, give back the dignity it had lost next to the bin. And right at that point, my interest on these gadgets full of ingenuity and thousands of histories hidden between their keys was born. (Nowadays, the Studio 46 is the youngest of “the collection", living together with few, but selected, museum pieces).

Hammond Ideal nº 2

The Hammond didn’t have letters bars, since the types where placed in an interchangeable base in C-shape, which made possible to use different types and fonts in the same machine and therefore to adapt to each language. In pressing a key, the letter was placed at the center, but it didn’t hit against the paper […]

Blickensderfer nº 7

George C. Blickensderfer (1850-1917) began designing the typewriters bearing his name in 1893. The key characteristic of the Blickensdefer was its portability, lightness (with just 250 parts), ease of transportation and easily. The design of the keyboard was based essentially on positioning the most commonly used letters on the lowest row (DHIATENSOR) to increase efficiency. […]

Addler 30

Like a few other typewriter manufacturers in Germany, Adler began life as a maker of bicycles. When they decided to diversify by 1898, they did the sensible thing and bought a licence to make the American ‘Empire’ typewriter rather than try to make their own from scratch. The ‘Empire’ was designed by Wellington P. Kidder. […]

Bennett Black

These marvellous typewriters were invented by Charles Almon Bennett, Original patent applied for on October 25, 1899, and granted on March 26, 1901. Three-row keyboard, unusual in that all keys in each row go down when top key is pressed. A pantograph arrangement rotates typewheel to letter selected. Sold as Bennett from 1910 @ $18, […]

Mignon nº 4

The Mignon is a typewriter created by Friedrich von Hefner-Alteneck in 1903 and manufactured by the german firm AEG in Germany from 1904 to 1934. Instead of using levers with their types to print the letters, it did it through a cylinder with letters, spinning over its own axis allowing to select 12 columns of […]

Remington Portable 1

These little machines were marketed aggressively and were a great success. They were the first truly portable typewriters with four-bank keyboards, and in this category they had no competition until Royal and Underwood introduced four-bank portables in 1926. The “folding-typebar” mechanism raises the typebars to a 45-degree angle, the printing position, by means of a […]

Underwood Portable 4-Bank

The Underwood company started to produce typewriters in 1900, competing with another legendary typographic company, Remington. In 1919, they released a portable model that was considered, and still is, a truly engineering masterpiece. It was a machine much less heavy than the ones that existed in the market, which they were difficult to carry. This […]

Hispano Olivetti Pluma 22

With this name it was commercialised the spanish version of Lettera 22, from the hispano-olivetti branch, which manufactured in Barcelona the models that were most sold in Spain. Giuseppe Beccio was in charge of designing a refined, small and comfortable writing mechanism that Nizzoli, graphic designer and decorator, equipped with a suggestive aluminium body initiating […]

Olivetti Studio 46

The Olivetti Studio 46 is a portable mechanical typewriter. Designed by the architects and designer Mario Bellini, Antonio Macchi Cassia, Gianni Pasini and Sandro Pal in 1973; the first version was released in 1974 and features an alluminum body. Later it came out the other three due to the success achieved in offices and homes […]