I photographed this typewriter in a thrift store in Belleville. Absolutely gorgeous mechanical details on the machine. Lyman Cornelius Smith and his brother Wilbert operated a gun factory in Syracuse, New York. There, an employee, Alexander Brown, invented a typewriter. Apparently, typewriter parts are very similar to those used on a shotgun, so in 1886 LC and now three other brothers formed the Smith Premier Typewriter Company. Their machine was the first to use both upper and lower case letters. They became Smith-Corona in 1926.