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Object Name Typewriter, Manual
Catalog Number 2001.74.6
Maker Royal
Date 1937
Material(s) Steel; rubber; chrome;
Dimensions H-9.5 W-15.5 D-17 inches
Description This manual typewriter has a black enameled steel chassis and chrome and nickel plated trim on the carriage. It has a 49 key keyboard, three toggle switches, and a margin release key on console above keyboard. The ribbon spools are inside hinged compartments on the top. The typewriter has rubber feet and black rubber platen. The margins set with manual stops on the bar behind the sheet feeder. A knob underneath to adjusts the tension on the keys. On the right side a a plastic insert with a dial scale.
Notes This typewriter is a Royal KHM (an update to the Model 10) with plastic inserts replacing the 10's iconic glass windows. Note the curved scale incorporated into the right-side panel. It's the indicator for a touch-control adjustment wheel located at the lower center of the back of the machine. Not a new innovation for Royal, but more visible than it had been.

This typewriter was used by Drs. Henry (Harry) Harrison Gambill (1874-1936) and John James Gambill (1874-1934), medical doctors in Blaine, Ky. They were the twin sons of Leander Gambill. Henry specialized in obstetrics and gynecology; John specialized in the eye, ear, nose, and throat. Both were active in the agricultural, business, and social community around Blaine.

The brothers were born on February 23, 1874 in Lawrence County, Ky. They attended Professor G. Milton Elam's academy at Blaine and the Medical college of Atlanta. They both completed post graduate work at Louisville Medical School and Chicago Medical School. They married sisters: John to Mary Melvina "Molly" Swetnam and Harry to Lida May Swetnam. The two couples lived together in a large home built in the 1920s in Blaine, Ky. Harry and Lida had two children, Charles and Louise. John and Molly had no children.

John died on January 10, 1934. Harry died on May 9, 1936.
Collection Justine Sprenger Collection
People Royal
Gambill, Henry Harrison
Gambill, John James
Gambill, Lida May
Gambill, Mary Melvina
Subjects Medical care
Medical equipment & supplies
Medical offices
Doctors
Doctors' offices
Typewriters
Typewriting
Office equipment & supplies
Office machines
Search Terms Blaine (Ky.)
Lawrence County (Ky.)
Kentucky
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS