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Was the carriage return ever on the right?

This isn't a problem -- other than a memory one. I am positive I had typed on typewriters with the carriage return on the right. Am I wrong?
There was a reason it was on the right or left, whichever it was, because of having the hand move in the way of typing, or something like that.

Several people have given opinions on this, and most think it was always on the left.

Please help us. It's not vital, but interesting enough that you can straighten it out for us.

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I have a Smith No. 2 typewriter (before he met Corona?) with wooden keys and a right-handed carriage return., probably dating to the early 1900s. My guess is that the typist had to twist his/her wrist, thumb-down, and push the return lever to the right. As most people are right-handed, the motor control from the shoulder allowed for a smooth advancing of the platum. Hope this was helpful.

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I worked on typewriters for many years and never saw a typewriter that had a RH carriage return. Since we read from left to right, we type from left to right. When we finish typing a line, the carriage ends up on the left. The return lever has to be on the left side to be able to pull the carriage back to the right to start another line. If it was on the right, it would have to be slid a long way to the right to get back to the start of the line. It would be a problem for a short armed person on a long carriage machine.

Just my 2 cents....I wonder about a machine that types Hebrew..would the lever be on the right on it? Never saw one so not sure if it exists.

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I have worked on typewriters fo 20+ years.
The only typ's I know of that had the return on the right hand side are all the manual typ's

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

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