This early manual word processor was used in the News Reporting
Department of the San Diego Tribune Newspaper. Manufactured
by the Smith Premier Typewriter Co. of Syracuse, NY, it is
unique and interesting because of the dual keyboard, with
one set of keys for upper case letters and a second set of
keys for lower case.
The keyboard is named QWERTY because that's how the letters
align on the top row. The letters were arranged this way to
slow down the typist. If the keyboard operator was too fast,
the keys would jam.
The Computer Museum of America is particularly pleased to
have received several significant equipment contributions
from the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Donor: Mike Province, San Diego Union-Tribune