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No. 5 Underwood Standard Manual Typewriter

This typewriter was used somewhere in the Strathroy-Caradoc area. It was gifted to the museum by the Salvation Army. The typewriter has a black base with gold details and lettering.

Underwood was the most successful version of the typewriter ever invented. It was created before 1900 and was popular until around 1961 with the introduction of the IMB Selectric (an electric typewriter). Most other companies modeled their typewriters after Underwood’s. This particular one is a No. 5 Underwood, a standard typewriter. They were made alongside No 3 and No 4 from late 1900 until 1931-1932. This particular No 5 model was made sometime in 1913. Underwood typewriters used a ribbon for ink instead of a pad which was easier, created less mess and had to be changed less frequently. Underwood had actually been a type ribbon and carbo paper (used to make copies before the invention of the photocopy machine) manufacturer before making typewriters.

The reason the keys on the keyboard are arranged the way they are goes back to the days of the typewriter. The goal was speed and efficiency- to type as many words in as little time as possible. The keyboard keys were originally arranged to maximize how fast one could type. There were several different arrangement ideas given but in the end one known as QWERTY won out. To further maximize efficiency every so often someone tries to come up with a new keyboard arrangement that is better than QWERTY but none so far have taken its place. This is the name of the keyboard type that is still used today. This model is slightly varied depending on the country and language used.


Hello my name is Madison and I am working at the Strathroy –Caradoc Museum for the summer and so far it has been extremely interesting, informing, and entertaining. I am enjoying it a whole bunch. I recommend more people to come and see all the hard work done by the staff and community because they do such a tremendous job at keeping local history alive and accessible to the public, which is awesome. I personally think that it is important to keep history alive be it from your own family, the mill down the road, or your best friends sock, everything has a history behind it and it’s important to learn and ask questions about it.
I’ll be posting more throughout the summer, so stay tuned for more.

Last week the Collections Committee met to review all of the potential donations so far for 2011.  Over the past 4 months 19 people have brought in their pieces to be considered for donation. 

How do the items get accepted into the collection you ask?                    

1. The first step is filling out the Temporary Custody Receipt. As the title of the form states, this gives the museum “temporary custody” until the Collections Committee meets (approx. 4x/year). See image below.
2. The Collections Committee which is composed of local residents appointed by the Museum Advisory Committee meet to discuss each item with the Collections Assistant.
3a. If the Committee decides to accept a donation, in whole or in part, a Gift Form is produced for the donor to sign and the items are officially transferred to the Museum.  See image below.
3b. If the committee does not accept the items, they are returned to the original owner.
4. Once the items are in the possession of the Museum they are assigned a number and catalogued into the collection using PastPerfect.

At the meeting the Committee accepted 48 items, some of which are listed below:

Milk Bottle Top: Chocolate Milk Bottle top Strathroy Creamery

-Bottle: Hunter’s Jersey Dairy Milk

-Button: Strathroy Old Home Week Aug 2-7 1930

-Flag: Strathroy–Caradoc (1st design)

-Photographs (x2): Downtown Strathroy

-Photographs (x3): Old Home Week 1930 Parade

-Deeds (x10) Noble Estate 114 Oxford Street

-Pamphlet: How to use the new Area Code 1962

-Municipal Records: Municipal Officers 1956

-Map: Strathroy ca 1940s

Temporary Custody Receipt

Deed of Gift Form

Last Saturday was the 94th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.  This First World War battle was fought between April 9 and 12, 1917, in the west of France, with 3,598 Canadian soldiers killed and 10,602 wounded.  This year’s anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge is the end of an era, with no surviving WWI veterans in Canada.  Vimy marked the first time all four Canadian divisions fought on the same battlefield.  They were led by Strathroy-native Sir Arthur William Currie, who was the first Canadian-appointed commander of the Canadian Corps.  For the month of April there will be a display on Vimy associated with the Currie items on loan from the Canadian War Museum.


All this month we will honour 5 Strathroy area soldiers who lost their life at Vimy; John Brown, Charles Perring,  James Kellestine, Asa John Patterson, and Cyril Lowe.

Hi everyone!
I’m Michelle and I am doing my co-op placement here at the museum. So far I have had a very good experience and a lot of fun! I have finished going through all the photos (so far) and will be moving on to another project soon. As I was going through the photo collection I got to see all kinds of photos of Strathroy. I got to see pictures of all the old buildings and businesses. I also saw lots of clubs, organizations and just regular people.  

The Strathroy Armoury stood where the Museum and Library are today (Winston Pearson Collection)

I like this picture because of how significant it is to me working here. The Armory stood where the museum/library now is, so I’m working here every day where this building used to stand. Besides all that, I like the overall design and architecture of the building itself, it reminds me of a castle of some other sort of fortification.

About the Museum

Museum Strathroy-Caradoc opened to the public in 1972. As a community museum we strive to preserve and tell the story of Strathroy-Caradoc, and inspire residents to explore and understand the community around them.

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