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VariTyper

VariTyper Incorporated started out as Hammond after a rocky period of the company finally came to an end. In 1909, the same year Mr. Hammond believed he was going to die, he gave large shares of the company to employees, and gave the Met a collection of medals won over the years for the Hammond Typewriter, including a silver "Special Medal" awarded in 1887 by The American Institute of New York, a bronze "Special Medal" awarded in 1888, a gold medal from the Massachusettes Charitable Mechanic Association in 1887, a bronze medal from the International Exposition of 1900, and a bronze medal awarded by the Canadian Exposition in 1906. According to Richard Polt, Robert Messenger, and Richard Milton, Hammond willed his patents to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1913. In the mid-1920s, the Frederick Hepburn Company took over the Hammond line and re-branded the typewriter as VariTyper. Articles of Incorporation were filed in Delaware on January 24, 1927, for VariTyper Incorporated. The Hammond, now VariTyper, again changed hands to the Ralph C. Coxhead Corporation sometime in the early 1930s, after which the company was sold. This line eventually died out in the 1970s thanks to the IBM Selectric.

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