Hartford Typewriter

Description
This Hartford No. 2 typewriter was manufactured by the Hartford Typewriter Company of Hartford, Connecticut between 1896 and 1901. The Hartford was a blind-writing typewriter with upstriking typebars, with an interesting lever and rod connection between the keys and the typebars, seen in patent number 553,515 from January 28, 1896. The machine prominently featured a double keyboard, allowing it to print both upper case and lower case letters. In a time where visible typewriters with shift keys were being brought to market, a blind-writing double-keyed Hartford was behind the times and the company soon filed for bankruptcy.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
typewriter
associated person
Fairfield, John M.
Measurements
overall: 8 in x 14 in x 19 in; 20.32 cm x 35.56 cm x 48.26 cm
ID Number
ME*329981
catalog number
329981
accession number
283426
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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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