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British Typewriters

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1949. Empire Aristocrat.

of 77 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4. Telephone: Central 6263 and 6264. Cables: "Untouched, Cent, London". (1929)

British Typewriters Ltd of Queen Street, West Bromwich. Telephone: West Bromwich 0781. Cables: "Typewriter, West Bromwich". (1947)


1895 George Salter and Co produced the first English typewriter - the British Empire.

WWI Production of typewriters was suspended during the War.

1926 One of 3 firms in Britain which produced typewriters[1]

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of the British Empire Typewriter for all classes of work with special Patent Tabulator for Invoice Work. No. 1 and No.2 Model Empire Typewriters. (Stand No. R.16) [2]

1935 Production of the Hermes under licence.

1936 Salters sold the rights to the typewriter business.

1939 Patent - Improvements in duplicating attachments for typewriters. [3]

1940 Patent - Improvements in and relating to ribbon mechanism for typewriting, accounting, billing or like machines. [4]

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of "Empire" Typewriters and Accessories. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. B. 1433) [5]

1958 Acquired by Smith-Corona Marchant Inc of the USA[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Apr 13, 1926
  2. 1929 British Industries Fair p29
  3. [1] Wikipatents
  4. [2] Wikipatents
  5. 1947 British Industries Fair p44
  6. The Times, Aug 28, 1958
  • European Typewriters [3]