A Receipt Without Its Machine

This receipt for a Hammond 1 purchased on August 16th, 1888 appears to have gotten a little wet, but thanks to technology we can zoom in and make out its serial number. Whenever I come across a serial number I compare it to my database of serials and current owners. For the first time I […]

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Paper Management

The Hammond Typewriter Company utilized no less than 5 paper rest designs, each time becoming sturdier and heavier, but less elegant. With the Hammond 1 and 2 the paper simply “rested” against a rod, or it could be tucked under to “stay” in place. The first design is considered the most aesthetically pleasing by collectors, […]

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Ribbon Spools

The Hammond Typewriter Company changed their ribbon spools several times. In the beginning, the company employed the use of a celluloid ring with a hollow center reinforced with a brass collar. The ribbon attached to the center column by means of a C-shaped metal clip, and a new ribbon was typically purchased loose and affixed […]

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Patents

Original patent approval letter for number 224,088. The typewriter as a machine was still quite new at the time which may explain the handwritten nature of the patent application.

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Your receipt

The latest addition to the Hammond ephemera archive is this wonderful receipt from London, December 16th, 1902. A properly completed receipt is a gold mine of information and gives us another piece of the Hammond DNA network. On October 31st something was done, and the number 27,328 likely refers to the machine’s serial number. Eighteen […]

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The Ghosts of the Philadelphia Branch

I was looking through our file on salesmen for the Hammond company and recalled this photo of Mr. Howard T. Reynolds at the Philadelphia Branch, in 1922. From a letter to his wife, he writes that Philadelphia was a “fine office.. just as nice as Detroit, Three Salesmen, Two repair men, one book keeper, and […]

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Death certificate not found

One of the puzzling aspects of Hammond’s life was that there was no death certificate. After searching through the New York state death archives, I finally put down cold hard cash and paid the state of Florida to look into their records. Turns out they didn’t have anything either. The State of Florida did not start requiring death certificates […]

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