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Selectric I Typewriter

This is a Typewriter. It was designed by Eliot Noyes and manufactured by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM). It is dated 1961 and we acquired it in 2014. Its medium is aluminum, steel, molded plastic. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The Selectric I changed the very nature of typewriter design. Its success was the result of a revolutionary typing ball that eliminated both the carriage return and keystroke mechanism that were the basis of a typewriter’s function, allowing for profiles that were lower, sleeker, and more reflective of a modern aesthetic.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

  • Praxis 48 Typewriter
  • plastic and metal housing.
  • Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor.
  • 1986-99-2-a,b

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 19.1 x 36.6 x 38.1 cm (7 1/2 in. x 14 7/16 in. x 15 in.)

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Selectric I Typewriter; Designed by Eliot Noyes (American, 1910 - 1977); Manufactured by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) (United States); USA; aluminum, steel, molded plastic; H x W x D: 19.1 x 36.6 x 38.1 cm (7 1/2 in. x 14 7/16 in. x 15 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2014-25-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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