New Letterhead

I took a crack at improving the letterhead that I had for white paper, feel free to use for your own writing. Below you will find the Hammond letterhead photo, and a link to a PDF of the letterhead that you can print for your typewriters; preferably Hammond’s.

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A Series of Tubes

As I was looking closely at an advertisement for the Anvil and Shuttle, I realized I had never blogged about the paper tubes. Obsessed much? Yes. Very much so. This may be the only blog post ever written about Hammond paper tubes, but this obscure and forgotten part is the history of Hammond’s commitment to […]

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Update: Anvil and Shuttle

Received this in the mail which gives some definition to the A&S debate. I realized as I was analyzing this that the A&S page on the website needed updating, too. It is an incredible thrill to find the answer and give clarity to these machines, even when it turns out the original hypothesis was all […]

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What is the Anvil and Shuttle?

The Hammond Anvil and Shuttle (A&S) model is a beautiful machine that was really for one purpose: to demonstrate the innovation of moving from a split-shuttle design, prone to breaking and difficult to manufacture, to a more durable, single element design. The anvil and shuttle mechanism patent was awarded in 1893 putting a beginning on […]

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“We don’t do Internet”

I was asked to help a friend obtain several antique typewriters (that is, pre-1920) from a serious collector. The husband and wife team had collected about three dozen machines over the years, such as a Williams, Franklin, Bennett, Blick, and Hammond. The majority during the typewriter collecting “golden years” when a Sholes and Glidden could […]

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An Interview with John Peralta

John Peralta, the brilliant artist behind Professor Fox’s Fantastic Writing Machine was very kind to answer a few burning questions about his Hammond installation. (edited slightly for clarity) “I first fell in love with Hammond’s at the home of a friend in Austin who is an avid collector of Hammond’s and Blickensderfer’s. I now own […]

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Hammond in Suspense

There is a well known photo of the Philadelphia office of the Hammond Typewriter Company. It is a fascinating window into the past for a number of reasons, least of which is what’s on the left wall. A nearly complete display of a Hammond typewriter an “exploded” view. Each of its parts are laid out […]

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Let a Thousand Innovations Bloom

In 1933, Ralph C. Coxhead purchased the rights and assets to the Hammond Typewriter Company, which had been renamed Vari-Typer. Between 1933 and 1944, Mr. Coxhead is credited with over 1,300 innovations. Mr. Coxhead himself only held a handful of patents for the Varityper. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to say which Mr. Coxhead personally created, and […]

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Print Your Own Letterhead

This is an original blank letterhead sheet for the Hammond typewriter company, circa 1916. Printed on onionskin paper it’s gotten a little wrinkled over the pat 100 years, but it is otherwise in great condition. Feel free to use! Choose the PDF or the original image below, but be aware that the image is quite […]

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Annual Report of the Hammond Typewriter Company – 1883

Analyzing the Hammond company’s financial records and reports for 1880 – 1900 is a fascinating look into a small, niche company growing. These documents have yielded dozens of names of company employees, stock holders, and directors which are fantastic leads to follow up some day. What caught my eye on this adventure was the company […]

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