Bookkeeping MachinesRemington Rand
Remington Rand bookkeeping machines, like others, reflect the combination of ideas from several sources. In 1903, a St. Louis company began manufacturing an adding typewriter invented by Hubert Hopkins, the brother of William Hopkins of the Moon-Hopkins billing machine. James Dalton gained control of the firm, moved it to Missouri, and sold both adding and bookkeeping machines under the Dalton name. Meanwhile, the machinist John C. Wahl of Chicago and his associates took out several patents for improvements for adding and subtracting attachments for typewriters. These devices were incorporated in some Remington typewriters. Wahl soon turned his attention to manufacturing pens and mechanical pencils. In 1920, he sold his adding machine patents to Remington outright.
In 1927, Remington, Dalton and several other office machine companies merged to form Remington Rand. A long line of Remington Rand bookkeeping machines followed. The company also would take an interest in tabulating machines and then, as Sperry Rand and then Unisys, in computers.
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- This is a combination adding machine and typewriter. The upstrike typewriter has a QWERTY keyboard with two shift keys, a shift lock key, a tab stop set key, a back spacer key, and a space bar. Behind each of the number keys is a bar which leads up to the adding attachment. Keys in a row across the bottom front set the place of the first digit in a number. The typewriter has two carriages. The front one carries a single register that indicates seven-digit totals. The carriage in back has tab-setting devices. Behind this is the ribbon, the rubber platen, and the paper tray. The machine has four rubber feet and two rubber handles for the platen.
- A mark on the paper tray reads: Remington (/)Adding and Subtracting (/) Typewriter. A mark at the bottom front reads: Remington Standard Typewriter No. 11. Marks on the adding mechanism below the front carriage and on the moveable register read: WAHL ADDING MACHINE Co. (/) CHICAGO. The adding mechanism is also marked: PATENTED IN (/) UNITED STATES AND (/) FOREIGN COUNTRIES. (/) DATES & NUMBERS ON (/) BACK COVER. OTHER (/) PATENTS PENDING. (/) DISCOUNT. Marks on the back of the adding attachment give American, French and British patents.
- Currently not on view
- date made
- ca 1913
- Remington Typewriter Company
- Wahl Adding Machine Company
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center