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 invented, 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 success of the Standard Typewriter Company’s Corona model typewriter prompted the company to change its named 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. Smith-Corona manufactured typewriters and typewriter accessories throughout the 20th century, becoming Smith Corona Marchant in 1958. After two bankruptcies, Smith Corona returned to operation in 2010 as a thermal paper manufacturing company.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1934
maker
Smith & Corona Typewriters
Measurements
overall: 6 in x 12 1/2 in x 12 in; 15.24 cm x 31.75 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
ME.336760
catalog number
336760
accession number
1978.2479
serial number
50911
Credit Line
Immaculata School
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Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Typewriters
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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