Rare 1953 Keaton Music Typewriter

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Gorgeous vintage device pops up on Etsy.

However, this 1950s Keaton Music Typewriter has much to admire. The original version was patented by San Francisco inventor Robert H. Keaton in 1936, and further refinement saw units like the one featured here hit the market in the 1950s.

Exact production numbers are unknown, but estimates for the number of machines still in existence range from 6 to two dozen. Jack’s Red Barn on Etsy is selling one for $5000(the typewriters were originally $225).

For more information, see this 1993 Issue of ETCetera, the official journal of the Early Typewriter Collectors’ Association.

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