The Smith Premier 10 was the last of the line of Smith Premier typewriters. Smith Premiers were known for their double keyboard. They had a separate set of keys for lower case and upper case. The No. 10's primary claim to fame when it came out was that it was the world's only visible double keyboard typewriter (it also ended up being the last...).
A "visible" typewriter meant what you may think it means: You could see what you typed onto the paper when you typed it. It may seem hard to believe, but when typewriters were first invented, and for nearly 30 years after, most typewrites were "blind" machines: You loaded the paper into the machine, typed your letter, and you could not see what it was you typed until you unloaded your paper. Not very conducive to corrections!
The blind writers were mostly upstrike machines, but there were blind frontstrike models also. It seems strange in this day and age that you would have to type your letter, not knowing for sure what it was you were typing.
Anyways, The No. 10 was their first visible typewriter. It was also its last with the double keyboard. The writing was on the wall: Shift mechanisms were the way to go and people just didn't like the double keyboard. Note below also the strange placement of the numbers.
Anyways, as I mentioned in my last post, I picked this up while driving back from picking up am Edison Home Phonograph. I bought it for $90, which I think is a good deal considering it is in pretty good condition for being an approximately 92 year old typewriter.
Some interesting other things about the Smith: It has an easily removable platen assembly. To be honest, I don't know exactly why this is. It also doesn't have a baskey to hold the keys; they all have individual places, rods, springs and typebars. Makes for a rather complex assembly underneath. Finally, mine in particular has a bar that can be swung in front of the platen and out of the way that appears to be used to line up text and tabs but doesn't actually do anything to stop the carriage or adjust the tabs, unlike other makes and models. I haven't seen this mechanism on any other Smith 10s, so I think I might have something rather unique....
Well, now to the pics: