Champion Index Typewriter

The Champion typewriter was manufactured by the Champion Typewriter Company of New York, New York during the 1890s. The Champion was invented by Byron Alden Brooks, and succeeded his People’s model typewriter that he invented in 1889. Brook’s invention can be seen in patent number 476,942 granted in June 14, 1892. Both the People’s and the Champion were index typewriters, meaning that the letters were selected with a pointer, manipulated by the index finger, and imprinted with another key. The absence of the keyboard made the typewriter simpler to operate, but sacrificed speed and efficiency.
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Garvin Machine Co.
overall: 4 1/2 in x 11 in x 8 in; 11.43 cm x 27.94 cm x 20.32 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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