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Salter 5

First year of production:
George Salter & Co. , West Bromwich , Britain
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The Salter 5 was in fact the first typewriter that George Salter & Co marketed in 1896. The machine on this page, with serial number 976 is the earliest known example of this typewriter.

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, which are said to have had an ink roller rather than a ribbon, are not known.

The Salter 5 and 5 (improved) were 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.

Also see the book “Typewriter” page 128.

Courtesy of: Barbian collection