Some of the often overlooked ephemera relating to typewriters are the onionskin sheets and carbon sheets that were manufactured. I have found that these often have some very cool copy and branding logos.
Here’s an envelope for carbon paper sold by the Ulbrich’s stationery store.
Envelope for carbon paper, store branded
Ulbrich’s was still a growing concern in the 1950s. It appears that Ulbrich’s filed for bankruptcy in 1990.
Below is the cover for a box of carbon sheets from the Kee Lox company. Branded as Panama, with a very popular icon of the day, a passenger jet plane.
Panama carbon paper box
Here are some companion promotional items, branded tape measures.
promo tape measure with brand
promo tape measure
As might be expected, it can be tricky to find detailed information on companies that were established in the 19th and early 20th century. After a small amount of digging for information I ran across this website which provided this little tidbit:
To get a grasp on the scope of ribbon tin manufacture, it’s helpful to note the major national ribbon makers. They were Kee-Lox (Rochester, NY); Carter’s (Boston); Mittag & Volger (Park Ridge, NJ); Miller-Bryant-Pierce (Aurora, IL); Webster (Boston) and Underwood (various locations) and Manifold Supplies (Brooklyn, NY), known for its famous Panama tins.
Kee Lox held several trademarks for carbon paper including Panama-Beaver, Thin-Thin, Dri Kleen, Kee Lectric, Klarograph, and Grip-N-Pull.
While attempting to find out more about the Kee Lox manufacturing company, I stumbled upon this gem of a post by a favorite typewriter enthusiast. The page has a nice biography regarding the president of the Kee Lox Manufacturing Company, Winfield Perry Pembroke.
The blog post itself involves a ribbon tester made by Kee Lox. I didn’t even know I needed one!
I’ll be posting more on the subjects of paper and carbons soon. ~TH~
Carbon paper machine by Pembroke