Densmore No. 5 Typewriter


This Densmore No. 5 typewriter was made by the Densmore Typewriter Company of New York, New York beginning in 1907. The Densmore No. 5 is an upstriking machine with its keyboard in a three row QWERTY layout with a fourth top row of numbers. The advertising for Densmore mahcines claimed that its use of ball bearings in the type-bar joints led to its consistent alignment, light touch, and durability.

The Densmore name is associated with typewriter history in its earliest stages. James Densmore invested in the Sholes & Glidden typewriter, one of the first commercially produced typewriters, and eventually sold his controlling interest to E. Remington & Sons who continued to produce typewriters into the 20th century. Densmore’s brothers, Amos and Emmett, produced typewriters under the Densmore brand name, working with typewriter designers Franz Wagner and Walter Barron who made significant contributions to Densmore machines.

Date Made: 1907

Maker: Densmore Typewriter Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York

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Credit Line: Silvio Filardo

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: ME.315052Catalog Number: 315052Accession Number: 214853

Object Name: typewriterOther Terms: typewriter; Standard; Manual

Measurements: overall: 8 1/4 in x 15 1/2 in x 15 in; 20.955 cm x 39.37 cm x 38.1 cm


Record Id: nmah_850004

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