IBM Model D Executive Typewriter

The IBM Model D electric typewriter was produced in the spring of 1967 in both a regular and executive versions. The Model D Executive featured proportional spacing originally introduced in IBM’s Model B Executive typewriter. Instead of every character taking exactly the same space on the page, thin letters received narrower space, and wide letters got wider space. Other features of the Model D included a "control row" above the keyboard that allowed the user to adjust the margins, the tab settings, and the ribbon position.
Originally founded in as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in 1911, IBM began its venture into typewriter manufacturing with the acquisition of the Electromatic Typewriter Company in 1933. In 1935 IBM produced its first electric typewriter, the Model 01, which IBM considered a commercial success. IBM continued producing typewriters throughout the 20th century until 1990.
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International Business Machines Corporation
location of prior holder
United States: Maryland, Rockville
typewriter: 9 1/4 in x 25 in x 16 in; 23.495 cm x 63.5 cm x 40.64 cm
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Mrs. Helen A. Hess
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National Museum of American History


The Executive took time to adjust, but the material it produced brought a new sophistication to anything typed and printed.

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