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Typewriter Collection

From the Yost Light Running Typewriter No. 15 to The Ford Typewriter, the evolution of typewriters has revolutionized communication throughout history

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Yost Light Running Typewriter No. 15

Yost Light Running Typewriter No. 15
A Yost Light Running Typewriter No.15. Date: 1910

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Advert for The Ford Typewriter

Advert for The Ford Typewriter. 1902

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Tea Healy daily mirror war correspondent during the Second World War

Tea Healy daily mirror war correspondent during the Second World War. 22nd July 1942

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Smith Premier Typewriter No. 4 - at The Paris Exposition 1900

Smith Premier Typewriter No. 4 - at The Paris Exposition 1900
Advertising card for The Smith Premier Typewriter No.4 exhibited at The Paris Exposition of 1900. Date: 1900

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Poster, Forget your troubles in Austria

Poster, Forget your troubles in Austria. circa 1950s

Background imageTypewriter Collection: AD: TYPEWRITER, c1975. Italian advertisement for Olivetti typewriters. Poster by Robert Vosburgh

AD: TYPEWRITER, c1975. Italian advertisement for Olivetti typewriters. Poster by Robert Vosburgh, c1975

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Police Bacteriological Laboratory, 1914

Police Bacteriological Laboratory, 1914. From The Beautiful Rio De Janeiro by Alured Gray Bell. [William Heinemann, London, 1914]

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Lambert Murphy, between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service

Lambert Murphy, between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service
Lambert Murphy, between c1915 and c1920. Shows American tenor opera singer Lambert Murphy (1885-1954).

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Official Letter

Official Letter
Anastasiia Grygorieva

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Hammond 'Ideal' typewriter with case, by Hammond Typewriter Company Limited, United States

Hammond "Ideal" typewriter with case, by Hammond Typewriter Company Limited, United States, 1884 (typewriter)
AIS5364326 Hammond "Ideal" typewriter with case, by Hammond Typewriter Company Limited, United States, 1884 (typewriter); Science Museum, London

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Bicycle, Circular Saw, Electric Bell, Electric Light, Elevator, Gambrel Stick, Newsboy

Bicycle, Circular Saw, Electric Bell, Electric Light, Elevator, Gambrel Stick, Newsboy, Pawnbroker, Radiator
8651555 Bicycle, Circular Saw, Electric Bell, Electric Light, Elevator, Gambrel Stick, Newsboy, Pawnbroker, Radiator, Typewriter, Telephone, Weather Signals (engraving) by German School

Background imageTypewriter Collection: A braille typewriter

A braille typewriter
5311977 A braille typewriter; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a braille typewriter. Dated 19th century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Votaries of the Weed No 35 (colour litho)

Votaries of the Weed No 35 (colour litho)
8660525 Votaries of the Weed No 35 (colour litho) by Clarke, Joseph Clayton (Kyd) (1856-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: Votaries of the Weed, No 35. Then there is the enthusiast)

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Woman using typewriter by American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes (1819-1890)

Woman using typewriter by American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes (1819-1890)
535491 Woman using typewriter by American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes (1819-1890). 1872 (wood engraving from Scientific American, New York); (add.info.: Forerunner of 20th century machine)

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Eulogy of the typewriter, Office, Secretary, 1913 (engraving)

Eulogy of the typewriter, Office, Secretary, 1913 (engraving)
PCT4256974 Eulogy of the typewriter, Office, Secretary, 1913 (engraving); (add.info.: Typing Catalogue de la Manufacture Francaise d'armes et cycles de Saint-Etienne 1913)

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Christopher Latham Sholes

Christopher Latham Sholes
3585766 Christopher Latham Sholes; (add.info.: Photograph of Christopher Latham Sholes (1819-1890) an American inventor who invented the QWERTY keyboard, along with Frank Haven Hall, Samuel W

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Godey's fashion lady with a Remington typewriter and one in a gown, 1880s

Godey's fashion lady with a Remington typewriter and one in a gown, 1880s
NWI4956323 Godey's fashion lady with a Remington typewriter and one in a gown, 1880s.; (add.info.: Godey's fashion lady with a Remington typewriter and one in a gown)

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Advert for Remington Typewriters, 1890-1900 (litho)

Advert for Remington Typewriters, 1890-1900 (litho)
PNP392704 Advert for Remington Typewriters, 1890-1900 (litho) by American School; Private Collection; (add.info.: Remington Typewriters do the work;); Peter Newark American Pictures

Background imageTypewriter Collection: The Type-Writing Office (engraving)

The Type-Writing Office (engraving)
8642833 The Type-Writing Office (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Type-Writing Office. Illustration for The Quiver (1889).); © Look and Learn

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Illustration showing a small and compact typewriter, circa 1895

Illustration showing a small and compact typewriter, circa 1895, used for reporting lectures as well as for ordinary
5311574 Illustration showing a small and compact typewriter, circa 1895, used for reporting lectures as well as for ordinary correspondence

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Between 1910 and 1920 - Office with women and typewriters (b/w photo)

Between 1910 and 1920 - Office with women and typewriters (b/w photo)
7134179 Between 1910 and 1920 - Office with women and typewriters (b/w photo); (add.info.: Between 1910 and 1920 - Office with women and typewriters); GG Vintage Images; UIG

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Typo Typewriter machine, 1890

Typo Typewriter machine, 1890
3480647 Typo Typewriter machine, 1890; (add.info.: French Typo Typewriter machine advertised, circa 1890.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Transport and technology in 1875 and 1900 (chromolitho)

Transport and technology in 1875 and 1900 (chromolitho)
8677571 Transport and technology in 1875 and 1900 (chromolitho) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageTypewriter Collection: William Shakespeare dictates two Plays and a Sonnet simultaneously (litho)

William Shakespeare dictates two Plays and a Sonnet simultaneously (litho)
8655414 William Shakespeare dictates two Plays and a Sonnet simultaneously (litho) by Townsend, Frederick Henry (1868-1920); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageTypewriter Collection: The world's largest typewriter, 1931 (b/w photo)

The world's largest typewriter, 1931 (b/w photo)
8626556 The world's largest typewriter, 1931 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The world's largest typewriter)

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Advert for Remington Typewriter, 1890

Advert for Remington Typewriter, 1890
3478930 Advert for Remington Typewriter, 1890; (add.info.: Advert for Remington Typewriter, in an American newspaper, dated 1890.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Specimen of machine-writing from Charles Thurber's Chirographie

Specimen of machine-writing from Charles Thurber's Chirographie
3586072 Specimen of machine-writing from Charles Thurber's Chirographie'; (add.info.: Specimen of machine-writing from Charles Thurber's Chirographie')

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Hello Spring

Hello Spring
Xuan Thai

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Cartoon by Charles Samuel Heene, (1823-1891), showing a man struggling with the new technology of

Cartoon by Charles Samuel Heene, (1823-1891), showing a man struggling with the new technology of a typewriter. 1888
5311169 Cartoon by Charles Samuel Heene, (1823-1891), showing a man struggling with the new technology of a typewriter. 1888; (add.info.: Date: 1888); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageTypewriter Collection: A typewriter of 1836, published 1897 (engraving)

A typewriter of 1836, published 1897 (engraving)
481024 A typewriter of 1836, published 1897 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: From The Strand Magazine)

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Typing up a storm

Typing up a storm
Colin Dixon

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Spilled Letters

Spilled Letters
Spilled letters in hands of a writer, flat lay with hands, creative workplace. Dina Belenko

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Old times

Old times
Carola Kayen-Mouthaan

Background imageTypewriter Collection: AI IMAGE - Portrait of Alan Turing, 1940s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images

AI IMAGE - Portrait of Alan Turing, 1940s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images
AI IMAGE - Portrait of Alan Turing, 1940s, (2023). British mathematician, logician and code breaker Alan Turing (1912-1954) joined the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Sue Dorsey, 1918. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Sue Dorsey, 1918. Creator: Harris & Ewing

Sue Dorsey, 1918. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Sue Dorsey, 1918. Creator: Harris & Ewing
Sue Dorsey, 1918

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Sue Dorsey, 1918. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Sue Dorsey, 1918. Creator: Harris & Ewing

Sue Dorsey, 1918. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Sue Dorsey, 1918. Creator: Harris & Ewing
Sue Dorsey, 1918

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Radio, 1919. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Radio, 1919. Creator: Harris & Ewing

Radio, 1919. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Radio, 1919. Creator: Harris & Ewing
Radio, 1919. USA. Sailor typing at ticker tape machine: Leased wire telegram received at Navy Department...New York Oct 23 1919, I P Bemberg

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Training Division, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing

Training Division, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Training Division, between 1910 and 1920
Training Division, between 1910 and 1920. Women office workers, USA. Note electric fans. Notice reads: Instructions for Care and Maintenance, Globe Automatic Sprinkler Company'

Background imageTypewriter Collection: General offices of 'Liberty Life', 1925. Creator: Unknown. General offices of 'Liberty Life', 1925

General offices of "Liberty Life", 1925. Creator: Unknown. General offices of "Liberty Life", 1925
General offices of "Liberty Life", 1925

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Russell T. Edward, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Russell T

Russell T. Edward, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Russell T. Edward, between 1910 and 1920
Russell T. Edward, between 1910 and 1920. First World War: American civil servant typing a letter from the National War Garden Commission. A poster encourages people to grow their own food

Background imageTypewriter Collection: National Woman's Party Int, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing

National Woman's Party Int, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing
National Woman's Party Int, between 1910 and 1920

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940. Creator: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb

Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940. Creator: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb
Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Portrait of Mike Levin, Down Beat office, New York, N.Y. ca. 1947. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Mike Levin, Down Beat office, New York, N.Y. ca. 1947. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Mike Levin, Down Beat office, New York, N.Y. ca. 1947

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Poro College; A partial view of the shipping department, 1922. Creator: Unknown

Poro College; A partial view of the shipping department, 1922. Creator: Unknown
Poro College; A partial view of the shipping department, 1922

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Poro College; The general office, 1922. Creator: Unknown

Poro College; The general office, 1922. Creator: Unknown
Poro College; The general office, 1922

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Main office of the New Rochelle Co-operative Business League; 24 Brook Street. 1908

Main office of the New Rochelle Co-operative Business League; 24 Brook Street. 1908. Creator: Unknown
Main office of the New Rochelle Co-operative Business League; 24 Brook Street. 1908

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, Washington, D.C. 1938. Creator: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb

Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, Washington, D.C. 1938. Creator: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb
Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, Washington, D.C. 1938

Background imageTypewriter Collection: Portrait of Herman Rosenberg, 1938. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Herman Rosenberg, 1938. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Herman Rosenberg, 1938



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From the Yost Light Running Typewriter No. 15 to The Ford Typewriter, the evolution of typewriters has revolutionized communication throughout history. Advertisements for these innovative machines showcased their efficiency and convenience, promising a new era of productivity. Intriguing posters like 'Forget your troubles in Austria' captured the imagination, transporting users to faraway lands where worries were left behind with each keystroke. Even during challenging times like the Police Bacteriological Laboratory in 1914, typewriters played a crucial role in documenting important information and maintaining order. The Smith Premier Typewriter No. 4 made its mark at The Paris Exposition 1900, impressing visitors with its cutting-edge technology and sleek design. Meanwhile, Betty Boothroyd's office on November 25th, 1957 portrayed how typewriters empowered women in professional settings long before gender equality became mainstream. Renowned author P. G. Wodehouse found solace in his trusty typewriter as he crafted timeless tales that continue to captivate readers today. A thought-provoking cartoon pondered societal norms by questioning whether sex before marriage was acceptable or not – showcasing how even controversial topics found their way onto these remarkable machines. Amidst it all, love songs flowed from countless hearts through Love song n°3 typed out on a romantic's faithful companion – the Love Typewriter. As seasons changed and nature bloomed anew, Hello Spring echoed through botanical typewriters capturing the essence of rebirth and hope. Through time and innovation, typewriters have become more than just tools; they are symbols of progress and creativity that have shaped our world.