Champion Index Typewriter


The Champion typewriter was manufactured by the Champion Typewriter Company of New York, New York during the 1890s. The Champion was invented by Byron Alden Brooks, and succeeded his People’s model typewriter that he invented in 1889. Brook’s invention can be seen in patent number 476,942 granted in June 14, 1892. Both the People’s and the Champion were index typewriters, meaning that the letters were selected with a pointer, manipulated by the index finger, and imprinted with another key. The absence of the keyboard made the typewriter simpler to operate, but sacrificed speed and efficiency.

Date Made: ca 1891

Maker: Garvin Machine Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York

See more items in: Work and Industry: Mechanisms, Typewriters, Computers & Business Machines


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Credit Line: Fred W. Meade

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: ME.318166Catalog Number: 318166Accession Number: 229771

Object Name: typewriterOther Terms: typewriter; Manual

Measurements: overall: 4 1/2 in x 11 in x 8 in; 11.43 cm x 27.94 cm x 20.32 cm


Record Id: nmah_849913

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