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Junior

First year of production:
1907
Company:
Junior Typewriter Company , New York , USA
Serial nr:
6515

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 Junior, invented by Charles Bennett, first appeared on the market in 1907. The Junior had no paper table and used an ink roller in stead of a ribbons (pic 6). These two features appeared on the 1910 model, called the Bennett (see 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 (pic 5). Note the odd central place for the space key.

Courtesy of: Robert collection