Advertisements from the company weren't exactly shy about the Manhattan's lineage. They stated, "The Manhattan is built upon established lines and is not an experiment nor a novelty. The Manhattan embodies in most familiar form essential elements of proven value." The cost of a Manhattan typewriter was $75.
From the time it incorporated until its end in 1905, the company had offices on Broadway in New York City while its headquarters and factory were at 46 to 60 Nassau St and 40 to 56 Sheffield St. in Newark, New Jersey. The story does not truly end there, though. In 1905 the Manhattan brand was sold to the newly incorporated Blake Typewriter Co., also of Newark, named after owner George Waldron Blake. Though it may have been the intention, the Blake company never managed to produce a single Manhattan typewriter. It went into receivership in 1907, all of the company's assets were sold off in 1908 and, in 1909, the company was completely dissolved.
1896 - 1905
Manhattan Typewriter Co.
Newark, New Jersey, US
If it looks like a Remington No.2 to you, that's because that's basically what it was. The Manhattan Typewriter Company was incorporated in 1896 by John Brown Price and began producing these clones after the patents for the Remington No.2 typewriter expired in 1898. Price made the most minimal of changes, primarily aesthetic. A scant few mechanical upgrades were also made, such as to the paper finger, backspace key and ribbon ink mechanism.
According to the October 8, 1908 issue of Geyer's Stationer, the Newark factory was sold for $50,000 to the Royal Typewriter Co which had outgrown its Brooklyn factory. However, as history tells us, Royal would opt to build a new factory in Hartford, Connecticut instead and never move into the Newark space.
See the unfortunate photos of a destroyed Manhattan typewriter here...
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