Invented by: J. B. Hammond. Telegrapher during the American Civil War, he was one of the first to realise that a typewriter would have been a valid help in his job. E.J.Manning helped Hammond make the typewriter which was patented in 1880 and put on the market in 1881 by the “Hammond Typewriter Company” in New York.
Curios: The Hammond n. 2 is different from the Model 1, as it does not have the wood cover. It has the typical design beating “from behind” with a vulcanite shuttle available in 42 different types and 14 different languages. The “Ideal” keyboard was not very successful among the public, which is why this model is now a much rarer collector’s item than models with the “standard” keyboard.