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Typewriter - Imperial, Model 58, England, 1940 Object Reg. No: HT 31163

Summary:
Typewriter purchased by the National Museum of Victoria in the 1940s. It was used by staff, in particular Elizabeth Mathieson to type labels for cases in the Entomology collection store. Imperial typewriters originated in 1908 in England and were manufactured until personal computers became popular in the 1970s. The company was sold to Litton Industries in 1966 and the typewriters were no longer made in England by 1974.
Description:
Black metal typewriter
Statement Of Significance:
Purchased in the 1940s this typewriter was used by successive staff in numerous departments. It was last used by the Entomology Department. Whilst this model was a standard public service issue machine, it is one of only two remaining typewriters used in the Museum during the 20th century.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum Victoria (Sciences) Entomology, 2011
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: museum history, working life, typewriters
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MUSEUM HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Working Life
Tertiary Classification: typewriting
User: Ms Elizabeth Matheson - National Museum of Victoria Entomology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1940s
User: National Museum of Victoria, 1940-1980

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