Typewriter; Blickensderfer Typewriter Co; 19th century; CT77.59a



About this object

Typewriter; a Blickensderfer typewriter Secured to a leather-covered base which is made to accommodate a lid for the typewriter.

This typewriter was owned and used by Mr James Bryant, Headmaster of the first Owaka School from 1884-1909. Mr Bryant found on his arrival that the school had two large rooms, a playshed and a small, unlevel playground. In his first year the roll was 84, this built up to 124. For 25 years Bryant was also Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages - an unpaid job, though he was permitted to retain the fees for marriage certificates. He retired at the end of 1909, aged 60, to a farm where one of his sons had built a six-roomed house. No doubt he enjoyed his freedom, as he had previously complained that his spare time, boat and horse always seemed to be at the disposal of the public. [from A R Tyrell's Catlins Pioneering 2001].


Blickensderfer Typewriter Co

Maker Role


Date Made

19th century

Place Made

North and Central America, United States, Connecticut

Place Notes

Stanford, Connecticut

Medium and Materials

processed material, leather
processed material, textile
processed material, metal
organic, vegetal, plant extract, latex, rubber

Inscription and Marks

Impressed on maker's plate: "BLICKENSDERFER / NEW ZEALAND / TYPEWRITER CO / 7"


h 150mm x l 340mm x w 280mm (approximately)

Subject and Association Keywords

technology, manufactures

Subject and Association Keywords

transportation and communications

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

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