“Double Pigeon” Model DHY Typewriter

Description
This is a “Double Pigeon” Model DHY typewriter that was manufactured by the Shanghai Calculator and Typewriter Manufacturing Works of Shanghai, China around 1974. The typewriter is made to print Chinese characters. The character is selected, inked, and printed by the machine, in a somewhat tedious process due to the 2,500 characters available and the fact that each typist could change the organization of the type tray to fit their writing style, varying the organization from machine to machine. Other character sets can be placed in the machine, allowing it to print over 7,000 unique characters. The typewriter was acquired to be displayed in the bicentennial exhibit "A Nation of Nations."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
typewriter
date made
1974-1975
maker
Shanghai Calculator & Typewriter Manufacturing Works
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 3/4 in x 28 in x 17 in; 29.845 cm x 71.12 cm x 43.18 cm
place made
Zhonghua: Shanghai Shi, Shanghai
ID Number
ME*334953
catalog number
334953
accession number
320831
subject
Computers & Business Machines
Typewriters
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Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Typewriters
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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