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Blickensderfer No. 6 Portable Typewriter

Blickensderfer No. 6 Portable Typewriter

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Description
The Blickensderfer typewriter No. 6 was manufactured by the Blickensderfer Manufacturing Company of Stamford, Connecticut from 1910 to around 1928. The Blickenderfer No. 6 was essentially the Blickensderfer No. 5 in an aluminum frame, and could be ordered with either a standard QWERTY keyboard or a DHIATENSOR keyboard. This model has the DHIATENSOR keyboard, which Blickensderfer called their “scientific” keyboard because the most used letters—“D, H, I, A, T, E, N, S, O, and R”—were on the bottom row nearest the space bar to minimize necessary hand movement. The aluminum frame of the No. 6 made it exceptionally portable, weighing only 5 pounds, and came in a leatherette case for easy carrying.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
typewriter
Measurements
overall: 5 in x 12 1/4 in x 9 1/4 in; 12.7 cm x 31.115 cm x 23.495 cm
ID Number
ME.310701.A
catalog number
310701.A
accession number
125450
Credit Line
Gift of Thomas H. Dawson
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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