Posted on February 08, 2015
The Smith-Corona typewriter company was formed when the L.C. Smith & Bros company merges with Corona Typewriters in 1926 to make office and portable typewriters.
L.C. Smith and several of his brothers began a variety of gun manufacturing businesses in the late 1800s. The first L.C. Smith typewriter was produced in 1887, when several of the Smith brothers decided to produce a new typewriter design by Alexander Brown—with the Smith Premier Typewriter Company.
Corona Typewriters was established 1909, when a state senator from New York, Ben Conger, bought the patent and manufacturing rights from Frank Rose and his son, George, for the 'Standard Folding Type-Bar Visible Writing Typewriter'.
During World War II, Smith & Corona stopped typewriter production and concentrated on making weapons for the war. After the war ended, the company went back to making typewriters. Smith-Corona typewriters were found on the desks of many famous writers, including Robert Caro, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Olen Butler, and Tennessee Williams.
The company continued to make typewriters until the 1980s with the word processor was introduced. The company is still going strong today, but the company focuses on making thermal labels, direct thermal labels, and thermal ribbons.
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