Keaton Music Typewriter


Sat, Oct 15th, 2011 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Etsy, Jacks Red Barn has a Keaton Music Typewriter for sale at a bargain cost of $6,000.

The Keaton Music Typewriter was first patented in 1936 (14 keys) by Robert H. Keaton from San Francisco, California. Another patent was taken out in 1953 (33 keys) which included improvements to the machine. The machine types on a sheet of paper lying flat under the typing mechanism. There are several Keaton music typewriters thought to be in existence in museums and private collections. It was marketed in the 1950s and sold for around $225. The typewriter made it easier for publishers, educators, and other musicians to produce music copies in quantity. Composers, however, preferred to write the music out by hand.



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