I live in
Toronto, Canada with my wife and daughter and have been collecting antique
typewriters since 1988. Over the years I have put together a collection of
typewriters dating from the 1880s to the early 1900s.
Welcome to my site - I invite you to browse my collection and discover
for yourself this wonderful world of antique typewriters!
If you have any questions, require some information or have an early
typewriter for sale, please be
I was born in Durham, England in
1959, and immigrated to Toronto in 1966. My parents began collecting all
sorts of old mechanical objects such as butter churns, seeders, and
medical implements when I was a teenager. Growing up in this environment
allowed me to see the beauty and intrigue of old tools and machinery and
gave me the desire to form my own collection in my late twenties.
After two years of searching for my collectible, I spotted high upon a
shelf in a cluttered junk shop, a very dusty and quite rusty intriguing
object. It turned out to be a Caligraph typewriter from the early 1880s. I
paid $100 for it, took it home, and began to completely take it apart and
restore it, a process that took four months! During this time I discovered
the remarkable range of typewriter designs that had appeared during the
1880s and 1890s. I was hooked. I had found my mechanical collectible. I
have continued to love collecting these early typing machines and the many
adventures that they have taken me on, ever since that life changing find
in the junk shop.
Some notable typewriters in the collection.
First index typewriter (no keyboard), the world's first portable,
typewriter, Hamburg Germany, 1884
One of the few early typewriters to use proportional
First typewriter with a single-type element, 1886
First typewriter to use a "Daisy Wheel", 1889
I also enjoy collecting, decorated
ribbon tins, mechanical devices, advertising and letterheads from the period.
I rarely find a new addition to my
collection in an antique shop. More often I track them down through word
of mouth and by promoting the hobby by displaying typewriters at events
and local antique shows. My website also helps to put me in touch with
people and their typewriters.
In focusing on the pioneering efforts
to create a typing machine, I have acquired machines of unusual design and
of great beauty. I have always been interested in objects of antiquity and
their historical context. In collecting typewriters, I found an ideal
venue to connect with early machines, to practice and develop conservation
techniques, and to be the curator of my own museum.