A typewriter is a keyboard-operated machine in which type characters strike a ribbon to transfer ink or carbon impressions onto paper. The paper, was mounted on a roller which moved right to left, automatically advancing after each key press. A small bell was struck a few characters before the right hand margin was reached to warn the operator to complete the word and then use the side lever to shift the paper back to the beginning of the next line.

Remington began production of its first typewriter in 1873, which had the now-familiar QWERTY keyboard layout, which was adopted by other typewriter manufacturers.

The typewriter in our collection is a later model, a green Silver Reed 500 portable manual typewriter manufactured by the Silver Seiko Company of Japan from 1977 until the early 1980s. It has a wide carriage for documents up to 30cm wide. Produced in green and white models with a removable plastic ribbon cover insert it has an integrated carry case. The carriage assembly itself is metal.

It has an attractive monospace font - ‘Pica’ - and a typing action that has been described as “surprisingly snappy” - though it might feel heavy and unwieldy to those brought up using computer keyboards. 

It has a useful red & black ribbon which can be used for extra emphasis and which can be selected using a small lever on the right of the keyboard.

This particular typewriter was rescued by us from a Sue Ryder charity shop (in exchange for a donation). It was originally supplied Derby business equipment specialists F.W. Pywell Ltd (there is a label on the rear) and inside there is an inspection sticker, dating the manufacture to no later than 1981.