Corona Silent Typewriter


This is a Smith & Corona Silent typewriter manufactured by around 1934. The model was made to be portable, and operate quietly thanks to the Smith Floating Shift used in the machine (note the cursive word “Floating” above the shift key). When the shift key was introduced in the Remington No. 2 in 1878, it originally shifted the cylinder, or platen, to be struck in a new position by the capital letters on a typebar. The floating shift moved the typebars up and down instead, allowing for a smoother typing action. The four row keyboard has a QWERTY layout.

The Standard Typewriter Company released their Corona model typewriter in 1912. Its success prompted the company to change its name to the Corona Typewriting Company in 1914. In 1926 the company joined with the L. C. Smith & Brothers Typewriting company in to become Smith-Corona.

Date Made: 1938

Maker: L. C. Smith & Corona Typewriters Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Edith R. Meggers

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: ME.334782Catalog Number: 334782Accession Number: 314637Serial Number: 2S 70436

Object Name: typewriterOther Terms: typewriter; Portable; Manual

Measurements: overall: 5 1/2 in x 13 1/4 in x 13 in; 13.97 cm x 33.655 cm x 33.02 cm


Record Id: nmah_849922

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