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Salter 5 (improved)

First year of production:
1892
Company:
George Salter & Co. , West Bromwich , Britain
Serial nr:
2829

The Salter 5 was in fact the first typewriter that George Salter & Co marketed in 1892. The first machines used an ink roller, but soon this was replaced by a ribbon, turning the Salter 5 into the Improved Salter 5.

Tell-tale British advertising postcard for the Salter (photo: P&C Weil collection) 
George Salter is said to have taken over the production of this downstrike typewriter from James Sam. Foly in London and John Henry Birch of West Bromwich, which may explain for the model number 5 on the first machine, although earlier production machines are not known.

The Salter 5 was the only in the line that had a round keyboard. All later models had straight 3-row keyboards. The later models will be dealt with separately.

Courtesy of: Costa collection