Corona Silent Typewriter

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
typewriter
maker
L. C. Smith & Corona Typewriters Inc.
Measurements
overall: 5 1/2 in x 13 1/4 in x 13 in; 13.97 cm x 33.655 cm x 33.02 cm
ID Number
ME*334782
catalog number
334782
accession number
314637
subject
Computers & Business Machines
Typewriters
See more items in
Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Typewriters
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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