It's always a treat to see rare typewriters "in the flesh," because drawings and photos can never convey the complete reality of these fantastic machines. Marco Thorne has begun the worthy project of compiling a list of publicly displayed typewriters around the world.
Sightings by readers are invited. This list is not copyrighted but credit is requested if any or all is published elsewhere. Source identification is shown by a capital letter at the end of each listing; S = Staff of the display location, C=Compiler of this guide from personal sighting, P=Richard Polt from personal sighting, or O=someone else who has reported a collection. To report more collections, e-mail Richard Polt.
On display: Gallery G.18, Ground floor, Art and Industry 1850-2000
Case 23: Communications -- Words
Case 2: Mass Production
Sholes, Glidden and Soule-designed typewriter, made by Remington & Sons, American, c.1875.
Case 21: Swinging Sixties
Olivetti 'Valentine' portable typewriter, designed by P. King and E. Sottsass. Italian, but made in Spain, 1969.
Case 22: Yesterday
Sinclair ZX80 computer. Designed by Thandar Radionics, Cambridge. British. Made in Dundee by Timex, 1980.
Amstrad wordprocessor and home games computer, English. Made by Amstrad Consumer Electronics, c.1984.
On display: Level Five Innovators: James Watt 1736-1819, Engineer and Inventor.
Watt's patented roller copying press, made by James Watt & Co., c.1780. On loan from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
In addition to the above items, the NMS also has over 100 typewriters in storage, as well as many duplicators, cheque-writing machines, pen nibs, staplers, embossers, rubber stamps, postal items, telephones, telegraph instruments, and computers." S.