R.C. Allen Musicwriter

Description (Brief):

One (1) R.C. Allen musicwriter

Description (Brief)

Mechanical typewriter with beige body with brown keys. Four-line keyboard. 14" carriage. Keys are musical symbols and numbers.

Description (Brief)

Inscription: "R.C. Allen", "Musicwriter" On back label: "Musicwriter Patented Typewriter - U.S. Paten No. 511,941; Great Britain, No. 712,430, Nov. 3, 1954; Switzerland, Patent No. 298,526; Germany DBP 909,101." "MUSIC PRINT CORPORATION Denver, Colorado, U.S.A."

This Musicwriter “typewriter” was manufactured by R.C. Allen of Grand Rapids, Michigan during the mid 20th century. The Musicwriter was used to compose sheet music. Instead of a letter-writing typewriter, each key could print a different type of note, which could be raised or lowered on the musical staff.

R. C. Allen was founded in 1932 as a manufacturer of cash registers, adding machines, and altimeters. R.C. Allen purchased the Woodstock Typewriter Company of Woodstock, Illinois in 1950 and began manufacturing typewriters and musicwriters such as this machine.

Date Made: ca 1960

Maker: R. C. Allen

Location: Currently not on view

Location Of Prior Holder: United States: District of Columbia, Washington

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


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: James C. Benfield

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.0914.01Accession Number: 1984.0914Catalog Number: 1984.0914.01Serial Number: 8C-2105274 14

Object Name: typewriter

Measurements: overall: 9 in x 20 1/4 in x 14 in; 22.86 cm x 51.435 cm x 35.56 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-b0ec-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_856655

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