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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard:
1892 Salter 5

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1892 Salter 5
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Status: My Collection
Created: 06-17-2017 at 09:26AM
Last Edit: 06-17-2017 at 09:26AM

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The Salter 5 is a gorgeous example of a Victorian typewriter with its elegant form and gold decorative motifs.

The Geo. Salter & Co. of West Bromwich (see factory below) patented their typewriter in 1892 and began manufacturing in 1896. Model 5 was the first designated model number that they used. As with other 19th century typewriters, model 1 was sometimes renamed with a later model number to give the impression that the typewriter was proven and successful.

The Salter Co. were well known at the time as the makers of spring scales and in particular penny scales, which were a common feature in train stations and other public areas. Today, the Salter Company is the largest maker of British scales.

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Martin Howard
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I am a collector of 19th century typewriters and have built a collection that shows the remarkable ingenuity and beauty of the world’s first typewriters. I have always been interested in the beginnings of a machine when there is an eruption of approaches to making it. Early typewriters are an exceptional example of this incubation period.

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