IBM Model C Electric Typewriter

This IBM Model C electric typewriter was manufactured by the IBM Company beginning in 1959. The Model C Executive was an electric typewriter that included previous IBM innovations such as proportional letter spacing, cushioned carriage return, electric ribbon rewind, changeable typebars, and multiple copy control as well as new features such as a decelerator mechanism for noise reduction, a new touch control system, and a carbon ribbon feed to achieve book-style printing.
Originally founded in as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in 1911, IBM began its venture into typewriter manufacturing with the acquisition of the Electromatic Typewriter Company in 1933. In 1935 IBM produced its first electric typewriter, the Model 01, which IBM considered a commercial success. IBM continued producing typewriters throughout the 20th century until 1990.
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overall: 10 in x 17 1/2 in x 22 in; 25.4 cm x 44.45 cm x 55.88 cm
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Computers & Business Machines
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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