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Typewriter belonging to Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Typewriter belonging to Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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San Francisco poet, artist, and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti was an influential figure of the 1950s Beat Generation and the social revolution of the 1960s. In 1956 he was arrested and tried on obscenity charges for publishing and selling Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl. This landmark case established a key legal precedent for the publication of controversial literary pieces. His victory expanded the right to free speech and opened the way for an explosion of new works that tested the boundaries of literary expression.
Object Name
typewriter
Typewriter
date made
c. 1960
referenced
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence
maker
Remington Typewriter Company
Remington Typewriter Company
associated place
United States: California, San Francisco
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
black (overall color)
white (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 9 in x 11 in; 22.86 cm x 27.94 cm
ID Number
2011.0054.01
accession number
2011.0054
catalog number
2011.0054.01
Credit Line
George Krevsky Gallery
subject
Authors
poetry
Books
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Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition
Exhibit
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

I just bought a typewriter like this. Mine is a Remington KMC made in the 40's and it appears to be the same model as in your photo of of Ferlinghetti's. Is the 1960 date for the typewriter as an art piece or for the typewriter itself? Not clear.

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