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Bennett

First year of production:
1910
Company:
Bennett Typewriter Company , New York , USA
Serial nr:
32882

The smallest keyboard ever produced. The typewriter that would fit in your pocket. Measuring 25 x 10 x 3 cm it is a true predecessor of the palmtop! And the keyboard is just about as terrible. This machine is not a pleasure to work on.

The machine, invented by Charles Bennett, first appeared on the market as the Junior in 1907. The Junior had no paper table and used an ink roller in stead of a ribbon. These two features appeared on the 1910 model, called the Bennett.

Two screws on the side enabled the user to lift the keyboard off the machine, in order to clean the typewheel, or change the ribbon. (pic 2)

 
The keys on the miniature keyboard were fitted extremely close together. Pressing the top key in a row would bring down the ones underneath at the same time. Note the odd central place for the space key.

The earliest patent on the Bennett goes back to 1901. However, in 1934 an index version of the Bennett was introduced in Germany with the name Carissima (see linear index typewriters).

Courtesy of: Robert collection