Corona Silent Typewriter

This is a Smith & Corona Silent typewriter manufactured by around 1934. The model was made to be portable, and operate quietly thanks to the Smith Floating Shift used in the machine (note the cursive word “Floating” above the shift key). When the shift key was introduced in the Remington No. 2 in 1878, it originally shifted the cylinder, or platen, to be struck in a new position by the capital letters on a typebar. The floating shift moved the typebars up and down instead, allowing for a smoother typing action. The four row keyboard has a QWERTY layout.
The Standard Typewriter Company released their Corona model typewriter in 1912. Its success prompted the company to change its name to the Corona Typewriting Company in 1914. In 1926 the company joined with the L. C. Smith & Brothers Typewriting company in to become Smith-Corona.
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L. C. Smith & Corona Typewriters Inc.
overall: 5 1/2 in x 13 1/4 in x 13 in; 13.97 cm x 33.655 cm x 33.02 cm
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Edith R. Meggers
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National Museum of American History


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