Recently we were given a collection of typewriters by Jack Albright. Today we look at three of these. They all date from about the 1930s but are very different.


The L C Smith typewriter is a fairly typical typewriter. Notice that the keys are arranged in straight rows, rather than offset like they are on a modern keyboard.


This is an Underwood typewriter. The Underwood brand is one of the most recognized in typewriters. This one is unique in that it is a book typewriter. Notice it has no paper slot on the top. This typewriter was made to be placed over an accounting book and would type down on to the page. The type levers can be seen in the space below the keyboard.


In 1936 International Business Machines introduced one of the first electric typewriters. This IBM electric writing machine was made around 1940.