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Typewriter - Imperial Typewriter Company, Model B, 1915-1919 Object Reg. No: ST 014397

Summary:
Typewriter manufactured by the Imperial Typewriter Company of Leicester, England. The basic design of this typewriter was the work of a Spanish-American Engineer named Hidalgo Moya who set up the Imperial Company and began marketing his first typewriter in 1908. In 1915 the Model B succeeded the Model A and incorporated improvements including two shift keys and a backspace key. Also, in the Model B, the complete keyboard and type basket could be easily removed for cleaning or replacing.

This typewriter is of the typebar, 'downstrike from front' class. In the Imperial Model B the typebars were held in a vertical position in a curved typebasket in front of the cylindrical platen and carriage. When a key was depressed the selected typebar swung downwards to strike the ribbon and paper against the platen. The keyboard was curved to match the curve of the typebasket.
Description:
Metal frame with black finish. Plated metal components. Cylindrical platen. Curved vertical typebasket. Two curved black metal covers over type bars and over type-bar mechanism. Curved three-row QWERTY keyboard. Twenty-eight character keys with 'FIGS' and 'CAPS' keys on each side of keyboard. Keys marked with black lettering on light background. Curved metal spacebar at centre front of keyboard on pivoting frame which extends on either side of keyboard. Another unmarked key on right-hand side, near platen.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Public Library of Victoria, 1922
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 195 mm (Height), 315 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: office equipment, typewriters
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Typewriting
Tertiary Classification: mechanical
Inscriptions: On paper support behind platen, partially erased: '[IMP]ERIAL / British & For[eign] [erased text] Name & Trade Mark Regd / THE IMPERIAL [TYPEWRITER CO. ] LTD., Leicester, Eng.'
On top of curved cover over type-bar mechanism: 'SYDNEY MANAGING AGENTS FOR AUSTRALIA MELBOURNE / PARTRIDGE ABERCROMBY LTD'
On front of frame, under keyboard: 'B'
Serial number engraved on left-hand rear face of frame: '19716'
Place & Date Made: Imperial Typewriter Company, Leicester, England, Great Britain, circa 1915

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