Philadelphia Typewriter Company Records, 1886-1902
Philadelphia Typewriter Company
Watkins, J. Elfreth (John Elfreth) 1852-1903
Mechanisms, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Brooks, Byron A
Edwards, John C
Travis, William H
Smith, Edward F
Moto-Cycle Manufacturing Company
0.3 cu. ft.: 1 box
The Philadelphia Typewriter Company was organized July 25, 1886, to manufacture typewriters designed by Byron A. Brooks. A year later, he sold his shares to the Philadelphia Typewriter Company (then under the management of John Elfreth Watkins, president, and John C. Edwards, both of Washington, D.C.; William H. Travis, secretary; and Edward F. Smith, treasurer, both of Philadelphia, Pa., and Cyrus Adler of Baltimore, Md.). They organized and operated the Philadelphia Typewriter Manufacturing Company, which was briefly called the "Moto-Cycle Manufacturing Company."
According to C.P. Keane and J. Emmerick, eds., "Marvyn Scudder Manual of Extinct or Obsolete Companies" (Vol. I, p. 968), the Philadelphia Typewriter Company went out of existence in 1900 when its stock lost its value.
Watkins was later a curator of Transportation at the Smithsonian Institution; he "accepted a salaried position...building up the technological collections pertaining to the transportation industry." (Dictionary of American Biography, Vol. XIX, 1936, p. 539.)
Includes correspondence, chiefly of John Elfreth Watkins, a key organizer and officer of the company; and correspondence concerning the organization and operation of the Philadelphia Typewriter Company.
Philadelphia Typewriter Company Records, 1886-1902, Archives Center, National Museum of American History