Sholes, Glidden, & Soule Typewriter Patent Model

Sholes, Glidden, & Soule Typewriter Patent Model

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This Sholes, Glidden, & Soule typewriter patent model was awarded patent number 79,265 on June 23rd, 1868. C. Latham Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and Samuel Soule were living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when they began to make progress towards a commercially viable type-writing machine after several aborted attempts. The improvements named in this patent include a “better way of working type bars, of holding the paper on the carriage, of moving and regulating the movement of the carriage, of holding and applying the inking ribbon, a self adjusting platen, and a rest or cushion for the type-bars.” Many early typewriters used piano keys in their designs, including this model with only six keys.
Object Name
patent model, typewriter
Object Type
Patent Model
Other Terms
patent model, typewriter; typewriter; Manual
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Sholes, C. Latham
Glidden, Carlos
Soule, Samuel W.
associated place
United States: Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 5 1/4 in x 12 1/4 in x 12 1/8 in; 13.335 cm x 31.115 cm x 30.7975 cm
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Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Computers & Business Machines
Inventing In America
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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