Blickensderfer No. 6 Portable Typewriter

This is the case for the Blickensder No. 6 typewriter. The Blickensderfer typewriter No. 6 was manufactured by the Blickensderfer Manufacturing Company of Stamford, Connecticut from 1910 to around 1928. The Blickenderfer No. 6 was essentially the Blickensderfer No. 5 in an aluminum frame, and could be ordered with either a standard QWERTY keyboard or a DHIATENSOR keyboard. Blickensderfer called the latter their “scientific” keyboard because the most used letters—“D, H, I, A, T, E, N, S, O, and R”—were on the bottom row nearest the space bar to minimize necessary hand movement. The aluminum frame of the No. 6 made it exceptionally portable, weighing only 5 pounds, and came in a leatherette case for easy carrying, seen here.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1900
Blickensderfer Manufacturing Company
overall: 8 in x 12 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 31.75 cm x 24.13 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Thomas H. Dawson
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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