Antique Typewriters

The Martin Howard Collection




Blickensderfer 5 - Creelman

Blickensderfer 5 - Creelman


Creelman Brothers Typewriter Co.
1893 - serial no.35484 - view patent

George Blickensderfer

This example was sold by the Creelman Bros, of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada. They were one of the first shops to sell typewriters in Canada. The Creelman Brothers main product line though, were hand operated knitting machines. The Creelman Brothers letterhead (1895) shown below, features the Blickensderfer 5 and the curved keyboard Williams 1 in the upper corners. The content of the letterhead deals with their knitting machines. The Creelman Brothers sold other typewriters, including the Caligraph 2, Yost 1, and Underwood 1.

The Blickensderfer has no type-bars but uses a cylindrical type-element instead (shown below). The type-element is interchangeable, allowing for numerous font styles. A small felt roller attached to a spring-loaded arm, positioned under the type-element, does the inking.

This typewriter sold for $40.00.

"The Blickensderfer Typewriter excels in all classes of work, and is the "one thing" desirable for gentlemen of literary or scientific pursuits."


Detailed Typewriter Image


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Period Advertisement


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Typewriter Letterhead


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