Corona Animal Keyboard
The L.C. Smith & Corona Typewriter Company, in the middle of the Great Depression, introduced these typewriters which were meant to teach children how to touch type. At $50 for the basic model plus an extra $2.25 to upgrade the keyboard, it was much too expensive for cash-strapped parents to gift these typewriters to their children, essentially as toys. These Coronas would have come with 9 rings that had pictures of animals on them. The animal on each ring matched an animal on the keyboard that the finger was supposed to strike. A My Corona Typewriter booklet was also included. The upgraded keyboard was available on the Silent, Sterling and Standard models. The animal keyboard showed up on Flattop models made from the mid-1930s as well as Speedline models from the early 1940s.