Derby and the entire Valley hold prominent places in the
industrial history of this country. Known for heavy machinery, pins,
corsets, silver and a variety of other products, Derby also produced the
elegant typewriters pictured here. The Williams Typewriter Company moved to
Derby to take advantage of a great location along the banks of the
Housatonic River just below the dam. If you look carefully, you will
notice that though the typewriters may be extinct, the factory is
still there (Roosevelt Drive) and today is the home of Derby
Cellular with the signature canal still in front.
Derby records also indicate that there was a second typewriter
factory in the area at approximately the same time known as the
American Typewriter Company.
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for Early Typewriter Collectors Association