On Friday at the collectors' convention, we went to the Milwaukee Public Museum for presentations on the industrial history of the city (Jeff Vanevenhoven), the typewriter insurgency (me), and the history of typewriters and women (Peter Weil) ...
... and we also got to gawk at a small selection of the museum's amazing typewriter collection.
Early Sholes experimental model (big—these are real piano keys):
The Harr, a complex and delicate index typewriter. Only example known. Type is located on tiny upward-swinging typebars.
Jones Mechanical Typographer. First factory-produced typewriter, 1852. (More on Jones.)
My personal favorite: the Nickerson, a very complex vertical-platen machine.
But this is the most impressive piece of antique technology in Milwaukee, and it's still in use:
Onward we proceeded to Forest Home Cemetery and the grave of Christopher Latham Sholes, marked with a monument erected some time after his death (1923?):
Many of us, including me, took selfies with our buddy Chris.
And to top off a good day, I added a little something to my collection ...