Some interesting information: The company originated in 1886, when the Smith Premier Typewriter Company was established by brothers; Lyman Cornelius Smith, Wilbert Smith, Monroe C. Smith and Hurlburt Smith. The brothers created the first machine to use both uppercase and lowercase letters. This was accomplished with a unique feature that made use of a double keyboard. The advertisements "cunningly boasted" that there was "a key for every character!" It is said that Theodore Roosevelt took a Model #2 with him on a big game hunting trip to Africa.
In 1926 just twenty-three years after the original company was founded by the Smith Brothers, a merger took place with the Corona Typewriter Company, and L.C. Smith & Corona Typewriters Inc., was formed. (The name “Corona” was selected for the folding typewriter, because it was derived from a Latin word meaning crown and implying leadership). The Corona portable retained sales leadership through the entire history of portable typewriters. In 1995 Smith-Corona filed for bankruptcy and new management took over. Now they are known as SCM (Smith-Corona Marchant).