Elmira Photo for January 2013

Remington Rand Plant - circa 1955

circa 1955 - Elmira, NY


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The Elmira Armory

1946 Flood

Eldridge Snow Scene

Across Eldridge Lake

Grotto Roller Rink


his is another photo from our Tom Burhyte collection. and was taken in 1955 at the Remington Rand Plant on South Main Street in Elmira, NY. Remington Rand Co. was formed in 1927 to manufacture typewriters, and during World War II converted its manufacturing processes in Elmira to build the Norden Bombsite, the first of its kind. It was a device used in bombing missions over Germany and Eastern Europe by the Allies.

From the company's inception until 1958, it was led by founder James Rand, Jr. of North Tonawanda, New York. From 1942 to 1945, Remington Rand was one manufacturer of the M1911A1 .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol used by the United States Armed Forces during World War II. Remington Rand produced more M1911A1 pistols than any other wartime manufacturer.

In 1950, Remington Rand acquired the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation, founded by the makers of the ENIAC, and in 1952, they acquired Engineering Research Associates (ERA), both of which were pioneers in electronic computing. At that time, Remington Rand had become one of the biggest computer companies in the United States.

Remington Rand was acquired by Sperry Corporation in 1955 to form a company then known as Sperry Rand (later shortened to Sperry).

Initially produced by Remington Arms, the Remington Typewriters (above in this photo) were the first to use the QWERTY keyboard layout. Remington Arms had bought the design from Christopher Sholes. The Remington No.1 was the first model released. All keys were uppercase. Remington Arms spun off Remington Typewriter Company in 1886, and after the 1927 merger, the Remington Rand Corp. continued to manufacture and sell typewriters.

We've a number of great pictures contributed by Tom Burhyte and you can view some of them at his Tom Burhyte's Eldridge Park page, which, like SHS58.org is sponsored by Friends of SHS58.org.


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