Office supply

Object Number: 
2002.1.4708
Date: 
1890-1920
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
12 x 1 x 1/4 in.
Description: 
A natural wood ruler printed on one side in black with a scale in inches over the words "The Blickensderfer Typewriters/ Are High Grade, Low Priced/ Writing Machines". On the reverse "The Blickensderfer Typewriter/ is Equipped with all of the Latest Up=To=Date Typewriter Improvements. Has Great Strength and Durability, is sold at a Lower Price than any other Typewriter of the same High Grade and Merit."Every Machine Guaranteed/ The Blickensderfer Mfg. Co./ 240 Broadway, New York". In 1892, only twenty years after the typewriter had come into practical use, George C. Blickensderfer of Stamford Connecticut, invented a new kind of typewriter after founding The Blickensderfer Manufacturing Company in 1889. Blickensderfer's typewriter, which featured the principle of revolving type decades earlier than the development of the IBM Selectric revolving element, became the world's best seller, and the company became one of the world's largest typewriter manufacturers. The Blickensderfer typewriter could be outfitted with different type styles and for foreign languages. When World War I cut off the company's large export markets, Blickensderfer invented a belt-loading device for machine guns and received enough orders from the French government to keep the company solvent. George Blickensderfer died in 1917, and three years later his company was taken over by the L.R. Roberts Typewriter Company.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group