Draper Typewriter

This Draper typewriter was manufactured by the Chicago Writing Machine Company of Chicago, Illinois around 1906. The Draper was a re-named Chicago Typewriter that was sold from the Sears Roebuck mail-order catalog for $18.72. The Chicago was a revamped Munson Typewriter, originally invented by Samuel J. Seifried under patent number 474,350 in May 3rd, 1892 and assigned to the Munson Type Writer Company. The Chicago/Munson had a steel typesleeve similar to the Crandall, except that the characters were arranged horizontally on the sleeve rather than vertically. The keyboard is also interesting in that it is a “WERTY” keyboard. The “Q” key has been moved to be next to the “Z.”
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Chicago Writing Machine Company
overall: 7 in x 14 in x 13 in; 17.78 cm x 35.56 cm x 33.02 cm
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Edith R. Meggers
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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