Simplex Typewriter, 1892-1900

Summary

Truth in advertising: the Simplex typewriter is very simple. This index typewriter was sold throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, sometimes as a toy and sometimes as a serious typewriter, but it was always the same product. On the Simplex, typists used a pointer to choose letters on a type wheel, and then pressed down to print.

Truth in advertising: the Simplex typewriter is very simple. This index typewriter was sold throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, sometimes as a toy and sometimes as a serious typewriter, but it was always the same product. On the Simplex, typists used a pointer to choose letters on a type wheel, and then pressed down to print.

Artifact

Typewriter

Date Made

1892-1900

Creators

Simplex Typewriter Company 

English, Alando M. 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

United States, New York, New York City, Manhattan 

Creator Notes

Invented by Alando M. English and manufactured by the Simplex Typewriter Co. in New York City

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

30.436.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of R.E. Bradley

Material

Iron alloy
Wood (Plant material)
Rubber (Material)

Dimensions

Height: 3 in

Width: 9.5 in

Length: 11 in

Weight: 3 lbs

Inscriptions

top: THE SIMPLEX TRADE MARK TYPEWRITER / MANUFACTURER AND PATENTEES SIMPLEX TYPEWRITER CO. 644 FIRST AVE., COR 37 ST., NEW YORK, U.S.A. U.S. Patents 481855 . . . 1138427 British, French, German Patents Other Patents Pending

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