Vintage Typing Machines

A gallery of old typewriters that look more like sewing machines, phonographs, and torture devices.

Elizabeth Weingarten

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Carl P. Dietz, a beloved stage juggler and one-time alderman in Milwaukee, began collecting typewriters in 1934. He bought his first machine because it was the same model he had used as a boy, and it gave him an idea: "[I] recollected that Milwaukee is the birthplace of the modern typewriter, and it occurred to me that someone ought to make a collection for the museum," Dietz recounted years later. "Then I decided to do it myself … in the belief that 10 or 15 machines would cover the field. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into."

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