Crandall Machine Company, Croton, New York
1886 – serial no.6059
The Crandall – New Model is one of the most beautiful typewriters ever made. It has a wonderful curved and ornate Victorian design and is lavishly decorated with hand painted roses, accented with inlaid mother-of-pearl!
Lucien S. Crandall was born in Broome County New York in 1844. He would become one of the great early typewriter pioneers during the 1860s and 1870s. He patented perhaps ten typewriters with about six being manufactured. All of his designs are very intriguing and brilliantly imagined machines. The Crandall – New Model was his third typewriter to be manufactured but the first to have a fair success in sales.
The Crandall was the first typewriter to print from a single element or “type-sleeve”, well before IBM’s “Golf ball” of 1961. This type-sleeve is a cylinder, about the size of your finger, which rotates and rises up one or two positions before striking the roller, achieving 84 characters with only 28 keys. The type-sleeve is easy to remove, allowing for change of font style and character size.
This typewriter sold for $50.00 to $75.00.
Is this not the most beautiful typewriter you have ever seen!