Double Pigeon Chinese Typewriter

Description

The Double Pigeon Chinese typewriter became iconic in Maoist China (1949–76). Its design reflects almost a century of experimentation to create a typewriter that could accommodate the thousands of characters used in written Chinese. It consists of a customisable traybed of almost 2,450 loose pieces of type that are picked up using the selector tool and struck against the ink ribbon by pushing down a lever.

Full title:
Double Pigeon Chinese Typewriter
Published:
China
Created:
1975
Format:
Typewriter
Language:
Chinese
Creator:
Shanghai Calculator & Typewriter Manufacturing Works
Held by
British Library

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