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Remington typewriter, about 1875Remington typewriter, about 1875

They provide opportunities to compare past and present, to consider how and why change occurs. At the time it was produced, this typewriter, manufactured by E. Remington and Sons about 1875, reflected changes in the workplace that accompanied the rapid growth of corporations during the late nineteenth century. By opening up white-collar employment for women, the typewriter also became an agent of social change. In 1912, when the Remington Typewriter Company donated this one to the Smithsonian, it illustrated progress. Described as "one of the very first models of the writing machine ever manufactured," it suggested how far technology and design had advanced since the 1870s.

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