Typewriter L. C. Smith & Corona Typewriters Inc. Original Patent Lithograph 1932
On this original linen-backed lithograph from 1932 (includes original specification sheet),
L. C. Smith & Corona Typewriters Inc., patented improvements in or relating to typewriting machines. The company originated in 1886, when the Smith Premier Typewriter Company was established by the brothers Lyman Cornelius Smith, Wilbert Smith, Monroe C. Smith and Hurlburt Smith. The typewriter was the first to use a double keyboard, but it was not the first typewriter that typed both upper- and lower-case characters; that honor belonged to the Remington #2 that was introduced in 1877-78, a decade before the first model of the Smith Premier was placed on the market. The advertisements "cunningly boasted" that there was "a key for every character!"
In 1889, the Smith-Premier, the first typewriter to bear the Smith name, was manufactured in Lyman C. Smith's gun factory on South Clinton Street in Syracuse, New York. Alexander T. Brown, an employee, invented the machine, and Wilbert Smith financed the construction of the prototype.
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