Remington Standard No. 6 Typewriter

Remington Standard No. 6 Typewriter

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Description
This Remington Standard Model Number 6 typewriter was manufactured by the Remington Standard Typewriter Company around 1894. The Model Number 6 contained many improvements to Remington’s previous models including an improved cylinder, improved spacing mechanism, improved paper carriage, and adjustable paper guides. Many of these improvements were due to the inventiveness of Remington mechanist George B. Webb.
The first commercially successful typewriter was designed by Christopher Sholes and Carlos Glidden and manufactured by gunmakers E. Remington and Sons in 1874 in Ilion, New York. The typewriters manufactured by E. Remington and Sons had been sold by the company Wyckoff, Seamans & Benedict since 1882. In 1886 E. Remington and Sons sold the entirety of their typewriter interests to Wyckoff, Seamans & Benedict. Wyckoff, Seamans & Benedict manufactured their typewriters under the Remington Standard Typewriter Company name beginning in 1892. The company became the Remington Typewriter Company in 1902, before merging with the Rand Kardex Company in 1927 to become Remington Rand. The Remington Rand plaque on the typewriter would have been a later addition to the Standard No. 6. Remington Rand continued to sell typewriters until around 1955, when it was acquired by the Sperry Corporation.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
typewriter
Other Terms
typewriter; Standard; Manual
maker
Wyckoff, Seamans & Benedict
Measurements
overall: 10 1/2 in x 15 3/8 in x 16 1/8 in; 26.67 cm x 39.0525 cm x 40.9575 cm
ID Number
ME.311041
catalog number
311041
accession number
136288
Credit Line
Remington Rand, Inc.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

The typebars are made of wood, which gives it a pleasing, kind of springy feel, a little like pressing a piano key. Unfortunately you couldn't see what you were typing on these understrike machines without flipping the top up with the large curved handle on the right. They became obsolete by the end of the first decade of the 20th century.

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