Machine Monday: Remington Standard 2

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The Remington 2 (the name Remington 1 was used for the latest Sholes & Glidden model) was fitted with a number of improvements to the original S&G design that would last a century. The qwerty keyboard had been designed by Sholes himself, but new to the keyboard was the ‘shift’ key, that literally shifted the carriage to the front in order to type capitals. And a ‘shift’ key is what we still call it on our computer keyboards today.

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Remington produced several other models that were closely related to the 2, until the Remington 6 (1894) became the most popular of all Remington models. A considerable number of Remington 2s were produced. In 1891, when the Remington 4 (caps only) and 5 (introduced in 1886) were the only models available, Remington claimed in a brochure that more than 100,000 Remington typewriters were in use, plus 40,000 machines of all other brands combined. It is unclear if this claim is exact, but it is probably not too far from the truth.

The Remington 2 was being offered for sale well into the 1890s. And it wasn’t until 1908 that Remington yielded to market pressure to produce a frontstrike machine, the Remington 10.

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