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Densmore 1

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Densmore Typewriter Company , Springfield , USA
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The Densmore brothers played a crucial role in the early development of the typewriter. If oilman James hadn't invested his last 600 dollars in C.L. Sholes' design, the typewriter might have looked completely different. In 1891 a typewriter appeared that bore the Densmore name. The designers were James' brothers Amos and Emmett who had combined their talents with step son Walter Barron's and Franz Wagner (who would live on as the man behind the Underwood typewriter).

Amos had worked many years on the production of the Sholes & Glidden and Remington typewriters and strongly felt that his design ideas would mean a major improvement. A very important improvement was the suspension of the individual typebars in a way that almost guaranteed proper alignment of the text. Also, five ball bearings were used in each typebar to maintain even and light touch.

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Like the Remington, the Densmore was an upstrike, so the carriage needed to be lifted to see the text that was written. Interestingly, on the Densmore, the entire carriage structure (including the rail) could be lifted off the machine, leaving the entire structure open for maintenance and cleaning (pic. 3).

Six years after the introduction of the Densmore 1, a second model appeared that showed some further improvements. The final Densmore model appeared in 1907, the Densmore 5. A Densmore 6 also existed. It was identical to the Densmore 5, but had an added tabulator.

Courtesy of: Robert collection