PETITE TYPEWRITER NOTTINGHAM  (TPW 235)

Title: Petite typewriters Nottingham
Item code: TPW 235

• Object: Child’s typewriter
• Place of origin: Nottingham (made)
• Date: ©1976; copyright (made)
• Artist/Maker: Byron Jardine (manufacturer)
Byron Jardine (distributor)

Description

The Kamkap is one of those machines you wish came in an adult package. Sleek and elegant, it’s a beauty to behold, but only pint-sized — my adult fingers struggled to find the keys. Yet the Kamkap stands out in that it so closely resembles an adult typewriter. A child must have felt very “grown up” receiving one of these — “This ain’t no toy!” reads one advertisement.

Manufactured in England, the Kamkap was introduced in 1956 and sold through 1958, at a variety of retailers, including Sears.

Despite being a reasonable facsimile of an adult typewriter, the Kamkap is nonetheless a toy. The typing action and alignment are not solid, being what one would expect from a toy. That said, it is a serviceable machine. It offers shifting for figures and symbols, and the italicized, sans serif font is pleasing to the eye. A child could type a report on it.
One interesting feature is the finger rest key above the right shift key (see photos below). This non-operational key seems to function as a “place-holder” for touch typing.

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