The portable typewriter industry was born at the beginning of the last century. Famous names like Smith-Corona, Remington, Underwood, Royal and Imperial, flourished as globally recognised brands, and collectively the companies sold tens of millions of typewriters all round the world, changing office working habits forever. Yet by the 1990s, all the famous names had been overwhelmed by the computer revolution, and one by one went into liquidation or were bought out.
Today, the famous name typewriter firms like Remington and Underwood are all gone forever. Yet curiously, the typewriters they made, their company logos, their instruction booklets, their magazine adverts, and even the disciplines they introduced to office life, remain behind like archaeological finds from a lost world. This site is my personal tribute to those companies, their entrepreneurs, inventors, engineers and salespeople, and my way of celebrating the passing of an invention that was an important part of my life as a writer and journalist.
To explore the lost world of the portable typewriter, click any picture on this site.
In the decades between these two machines was a brief, glorious and crazy age in
which some of the world's biggest corporations tried to persuade us to
buy into their way of printing letters on the page. Find
out how successful they were by clicking on the famous
The Portable Typewriter Website
Copyright Richard Milton © 2003-2013
Last revised: 14 August 2014
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