Demountable Typewriter

Description
This is a Demountable typewriter that was manufactured by the Demountable Typewriter Company of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin during the 1920s. The Demountable was designed by DeWitt Clinton Harris who had previously brought the Harris Visible and the Rex Visible typewriters to market. The Demountable bears a strong resemblance to these previous typewriters, but as the name suggests, the Demountable can be separated into three main components without the use of any tools. The Demountable could be separated into the frame unit, carriage unit, and the action unit, allowing for the replacement of parts as the type bars or platen wore out as well as allowing the use of different carriage lengths without having to buy a totally new machine.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
typewriter
maker
Demountable Typewriter Company
Measurements
overall: 9 1/2 in x 17 1/2 in x 14 1/2 in; 24.13 cm x 44.45 cm x 36.83 cm
ID Number
ME*334783
catalog number
334783
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

Visitor Comments

8/3/2014 3:29:41 PM
Michele Bray
Hi I live in Dundee Scotland and today while digging in my garden I found one of these typewriters! It has a service history stamped on it which states it was first serviced in 1923 and last serviced in 1924 all the parts seem to be there it even still has all the keys and the bell haha I wish I'd known hat I was digging up as I would have been more careful digging it out when the mud dries I'll try n brush it all off and try to take n upload some photos if these would be of interest to anyone thank you for taking the time to read this regards Michele Bray
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