Portable typewriter of the typebar, front strike class, manufactured by the Corona Typewriter Company of Groton, New York, U.S.A. The company was formerly known as the Standard Typewriter Company and later merged with the L. C. Smith Company to become the Smith-Corona Company. The Model 3 entered production in 1912.
In the Model 3 the carriage, complete with platen and ribbon spools, folded forward over the keyboard to reduce the height and depth of the machine for portability. This particular machine is complete with a leather-covered wooden case and instruction manual tucked inside the case lid. The serial number of 360906 indicates that the machine was made in 1920.

Physical Description

Black metal frame. Cylindrical rubber-coverd platen. Typebars strike forward against platen from curved horizontal type-basket. Ink ribbon carried between two spools on vertical axes. Three-row QWERTY keyboard with 28 circular character keys with black lettering on a light background. 'FIG' and 'CAP' keys (light lettering on a black background) to left of keyboard. 'BACKSPACE' key above and behind keyboard to right of type-basket. Long black spacebar in front of keyboard. Carriage, with platen and ribbon spools, folds forward over keyboard pivoting on axis at front of type-basket. Wooden case covered in black leather with metal clasp and leather handle.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Information & Communication

  • Acquisition Information

    Purchase & Subsequent Donation

  • Manufacturer

    Corona Typewriter Co., Groton, New York, United States of America, 1920

  • Inscriptions

    On paper support: CORONA / [Logo] / TYPEWRITER / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. On front of frame beneath spacebar: CORONA TYPEWRITER COMPANY INC. GROTON [Illegible] / U.S.A. On back of frame: PATENTED / JUNE 10, 1913 / [List of dates] / JULY 10, 1917 Serial Number: 360906

  • Classification

    Communications, Typewriting, Mechanical

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    270 mm (Width), 172 mm (Depth), 238 mm (Height), 4.15 kg (Weight)
    Dimensions of typewriter only.

  • Overall Dimensions

    286 mm (Width), 275 mm (Depth), 120 mm (Height)
    Dimensions of case..

  • Maximum dimensions

    172 mm (Length), 270 mm (Width), 238 mm (Height)
    Measurement From Conservation. Dimensions taken from catalogue.

  • Keywords

    Office Equipment, Typewriters