I obtain most of them at local garage or estate sales and a couple from thrift stores or e Bay.
The typewriters are arranged alphbetically by brand. The basic front stroke typebar typewriter with the QWERTY keyboard was in place by the 1890s.
(See A Brief History of Typewriters.) A typebar is the slender bar with the letter on the end.
Front stroke meant you could see what was being typed as you typed.
All of the typewriters on this page are owned by me, but are only on public display virtually through this Web site.
The typewriter collection contains over 125 typewrites from 23 manufacturers spanning the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, from at least ten countries (United States, Japan, China, East Germany, West Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, England and the Nethelands).
The museum contains at least one typewriter from each decade since the 1880s. Martin were on the History Channel television show Modern Marvels episode called "Retro Tech" which originally aired on December 19, 2008.
Typewriters were quite expensive when new, sometimes exceeding the equivalent cost of a laptop computer today.
They are also very finely crafted and cool machines.
While many are quite old, a lot of typewriters were sold and they were made to last.
Therefore, old typewriters are still quite plentiful and hence most of them not very expensive.
Most of my typewriters were acquired for under each.