Remington Standard Typewriter Number 2

This Standard Number 2 typewriter was manufactured by E. Remington and Sons around 1878. The Standard No. 2 was one of the first commercially successful typewriters, refined from the original designs of Christopher Sholes and Carlos S. Glidden in the Sholes and Glidden typewriter. The Remington 2 was an upstriking machine—the carriage held the paper type-side down—and the keys would rise up and strike the paper through the ink ribbon from the bottom. This required typists to raise the carriage if they ever wanted to see what was written. The Remington 2 had a QWERTY keyboard, and its commercial success led to it being adopted as a standard, even as its design was primarily to prevent the type bars from jamming and not to increase typing speed or ease of use. This model has four keys that project from below the keyboard that operated to stop the carriage at proper positions for tabulating and billing.
Currently not on view
Object Name
typewriter, tabulating
overall: 10 1/2 in x 15 1/2 in x 22 in; 26.67 cm x 39.37 cm x 55.88 cm
ID Number
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accession number
Computers & Business Machines
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Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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