Sholes, Glidden, & Soule Typewriter Patent Model

Description
This Sholes, Glidden, & Soule typewriter patent model was awarded patent number 79,265 on June 23rd, 1868. C. Latham Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and Samuel Soule were living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when they began to make progress towards a commercially viable type-writing machine after several aborted attempts. The improvements named in this patent include a “better way of working type bars, of holding the paper on the carriage, of moving and regulating the movement of the carriage, of holding and applying the inking ribbon, a self adjusting platen, and a rest or cushion for the type-bars.” Many early typewriters used piano keys in their designs, including this model with only six keys.
Object Name
patent model, typewriter
date made
1868-06
patent date
1868-06-23
inventor
Sholes, C. Latham
Glidden, Carlos
Soule, Samuel W.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 1/4 in x 12 1/4 in x 12 1/8 in; 13.335 cm x 31.115 cm x 30.7975 cm
associated place
United States: Wisconsin, Milwaukee
ID Number
ME*251210
catalog number
251210
license number
79265
accession number
48865
patent number
79,265
accession number
48865
subject
Typewriters
Computers & Business Machines
See more items in
Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Typewriters
Exhibition
Inventing In America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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