Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Remington Typewriter Company. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company in 1920 and has an
ornate border around it.
The origins of Remington Products Company LLC date back to the formation of E. Remington & Son, a firearms maker founded in 1816. E. Remington & Son made occasional forays, such as making sewing machines and farm implements--but it's most significant side venture was when inventor Christopher Sholes persuaded the firearms company to help him develop the typewriter with the "QWERTY" keyboard which is still the standard today. E. Remington & Son sold the typewriter company in 1886 which became Remington Typewriter Co. The gun company became Remington Arms Company, still a leading firearms maker.
Remington Typewriter Company merged with Rand Kardex Corporation in 1927 to become Remington Rand Inc. Remington Rand branched out into making adding machines, filing cabinets, punch card tabulating machines and other office equipment to become a leading office equipment company. Remington Rand began to make electric shavers in 1937 with the Remington model E. The company's most significant move was when it bought the pioneering Eckert-Mauchly Computer Company in 1950. Remington Rand delivered the first Univac computer to the United States Census Bureau the following year.
Remington Rand merged with Sperry Corp., developer of the automatic pilot, amongst other devices, in 1955. The combined company became Sperry Rand Corp. In 1979, Sperry Rand sold off its office machines business and Victor Kiam bought the electric shaver company in a leveraged buyout. This left Sperry Corporation, as the company became, with the computer company and related operations. Burroughs Corp., another computer company, bought Sperry in 1986. The merged company became Unisys Corporation.
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