Selectric I Typewriter, 1961
This is a Typewriter. It was designed by Eliot Noyes. It is dated 1961 and we acquired it in 2014. Its medium is aluminum, steel, molded plastic. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
The Selectric I changed the very nature of typewriter design. Its success was the result of a revolutionary typing ball that eliminated both the carriage return and keystroke mechanism that were the basis of a typewriter’s function, allowing for profiles that were lower, sleeker, and more reflective of a modern aesthetic.
It is credited
Gift of George R. Kravis II.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 19.1 x 36.6 x 38.1 cm (7 1/2 in. x 14 7/16 in. x 15 in.)
Cite this object as
Selectric I Typewriter, 1961; Designed by Eliot Noyes (American, 1910 - 1977); USA; aluminum, steel, molded plastic; H x W x D: 19.1 x 36.6 x 38.1 cm (7 1/2 in. x 14 7/16 in. x 15 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2014-25-1
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.