Columbia No. 2 Typewriter


This Columbia No. 2 typewriter was manufactured by the Columbia Typewriter Company of New York after 1886. The typewriter was invented by Charles Spiro, and covered by patent number 322,989 and 335,392. The Columbia typewriter was an index typewriter, meaning that the letters were selected with a pointer, manipulated by the index finger, and imprinted by pressing another key. The absence of the keyboard made the typewriter simpler to operate, but sacrificed speed and efficiency. The machine also had variable spacing, allowing each letter to take up a varying amount of space, for instance, an ā€œIā€ take up less space than an ā€œM.ā€

Date Made: ca 1890

Maker: Columbia Typewriter Co.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: George C. Spiro

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: ME.326233Catalog Number: 326233Accession Number: 257824

Object Name: typewriterOther Terms: typewriter; Manual

Measurements: overall: 6 1/4 in x 13 3/8 in x 4 1/4 in; 15.875 cm x 33.9725 cm x 10.795 cm


Record Id: nmah_849917

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