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Typewriter twin spool assembly used by Cortez W. Peters, Sr.

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Manufactured by:
S.S. Company, American  Search this
Used by:
Cortez W. Peters Sr., American, 1906 - 1964  Search this
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
H x W x D (Left spool): 13/16 × 2 3/8 × 2 3/8 in. (2 × 6 × 6 cm)
H x W x D (Right spool): 13/16 × 2 3/8 × 2 3/8 in. (2 × 6 × 6 cm)
Type:
typewriters
Date:
mid 20th century
Caption:
Cortez W. Peters, Sr. was the first African American to win and hold the title of the World’s Accuracy Typist upon winning the World’s Amateur Typing Contest in 1925.
Born in 1906 in Baltimore, Maryland, Peters taught himself to type at the age of 11 after his father, a watchmaker, received a used typewriter as payment for his services. His self-taught style accounted for his unique typing methodology for developing accuracy and speed.
In 1934 Peters, Sr. opened the Cortez Peters Business School in Washington, D.C. Over the next seven years two more locations opened, in Baltimore (1935) and Chicago (1941), and remained in operation until the mid-1970s. The schools were among the only privately owned African American schools in the nation, and were among the first to teach the professional skill or typing to a black audience. In addition to typing, the schools also taught shorthand and other clerical skills to help African Americans break into white collar professions. Eventually the school expanded to cover 22 subjects and taught an estimated 100,000 students across all three locations.
Cortez W. Peters, Jr. helped his father run these institutions, eventually taking over after his father’s death in 1964. Peters, Jr. was an accomplished typist in his own right, winning several awards for both speed and accuracy. Together the pair honed and taught the Cortez Peters typing methodology in their schools and later through books and online. This method is knows as an “individual diagnostic/ prescriptive method” and focuses on identifying issues with an individual’s typing methods and developing personalized strategies to create new learned behaviors. This method is seen as the foundation of modern typing instruction.
Description:
2019.30.2.2ab
A typewriter twin spool assembly for a half inch ribbon used by Cortez W. Peters, Sr.
2019.30.2.2a
A typewriter left spool for a half inch ribbon used by Cortez W. Peters, Sr. The spool is constructed from black metal. It has two round plates connected by a circular shaft. The top plate has three (3) petal-shaped cut outs and a “V” shaped opening that extends from the center of the plate to the outer edge. There is also a circular cut out, a recess for a finger, between two of the petal cutouts. The bottom plate has two (2) small cut outs, two (2) lugs, and a small spring trigger. Text stamped along the outer edge of the bottom plate reads [U.S PAT NO. 2486473] and [MFG BY S.S. CO. INC.U.S.A.].
2019.30.2.2b
A typewriter right spool for a half inch ribbon used by Cortez W. Peters, Sr. The spool is constructed from black metal. It has two round plates connected by a circular shaft. The top plate has three (3) petal-shaped cut outs and a “V” shaped opening that extends from the center of the plate to the outer edge. There is also a circular cut out, a recess for a finger, between two of the petal cutouts. The bottom plate has two (2) small cut outs, two (2) lugs, and a small spring trigger. Text stamped along the outer edge of the bottom plate reads [US Patent No. 2486 473].
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Communication  Search this
Education  Search this
Labor  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Joanne Peters King and Darryl Wayne Joyce
Object number:
2019.30.2.2ab
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification:
Tools and Equipment-Occupational
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
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