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Object ID 002412

Object Name Simplex Typewriter No. 1

Object Desc A small typewriter intended for pieces of paper five inches wide or less, such as personal envelopes. The typewriter is in two pieces, box still intact.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002181a-d

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Stationery Items


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 1, Shelf 9

Object Date

Start Year Range 1890

End Year Range 1925

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Typewriter,Simplex,

Title Simplex Typewriter No. 1

Description Small, red and green typewriter still in box. Intended for envelopes and small pieces of paper. Prints 36 characters, numbers and capital letters. Interior of box has detailed instructions for operation.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2

Length 7.25

Width 5.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions are of the box with typewriter enclosed.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Simplex

Maker Details The Simplex, invented by A.M. English of New York consisted of a round index with the rubber type mounted underneath. Printing was done by basically stamping the right character onto the paper. The Simplex 1, as seen here, was a machine that wrote capitals only. In 1895 an improved version appeared that wrote upper and lower case letters. Typical for these two models was the clamp that was attached to the wooden board, to hold the paper. As time went by, the toy version of the Simplex appeared in enough different versions to use most of the letters of the alphabet to distinguish them by. These later machines are primarily of interest to collectors of toys.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2181a-d



Date JUN 5,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes Heavy edgewear on box and the typewriter itself. The typewriter does not appear to be in working condition.


Date JUN 5,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 5,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 17 from Room 1, Shelf 17 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 12,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 9 from Room 1, Shelf 17 - automatic entry by admin