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Object ID 002419

Object Name Simplex Typewriter No. 200

Object Desc Small, green, red, and white-colored typewriter intended for small pieces of paper under 5 inches in width, and also as a toy for children.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002185

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Stationery Items


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hallway Shelf 2

Object Date

Start Year Range 1920

End Year Range 1940

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Typewriters,Toys,Simplex,

Title Simplex Typewriter No. 200

Description Small, red, green and white colored typewriter for envelopes and other small pieces of paper. Has a fake keyboard for presentation purposes. Sometimes used as a toy for young children. Letters can be changed by spinning the wheel-shaped type face, which is then pressed down at its base to type the desired letter, number, or symbol.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3.5

Length 8

Width 6.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Simplex

Maker Details The Simplex typewriter gained fame primarily as a toy that appeared in literally dozens different shapes between the 1890s and 1920s. But when it first landed on the market, this simple little machine was definitely intended to be a real typewriter and not a toy. 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.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2185



Date JUN 5,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes The typewriter is still in one piece and shows no signs of considerable damage. Minor edgewear on several surfaces, type face still spins. Unknown if it is in working condition.


Date JUN 5,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 12 from Room 1, Shelf 17 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 8,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hallway Shelf 2 from Room 1, Shelf 12 - automatic entry by admin