Remington Standard Typewriter Number 2

Description
This Standard Number 2 typewriter was manufactured by E. Remington and Sons in 1878. The Standard No. 2 was the first commercial typewriter, refined from the original designs of Christopher Sholes and Carlos S. Glidden. 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 carriage reads “Keep the machine free from dust. Clean all of the top rods—especially the Shifting rod—with a greasy cloth Every day.” 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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1878
maker
Remington
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 1/2 in x 15 1/2 in x 16 in; 29.21 cm x 39.37 cm x 40.64 cm
ID Number
ER.324140
accession number
253647
catalog number
324140
Credit Line
John M. Ewalt
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
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Computers & Business Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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