Typewriter Topics reproduced in its March 1922 edition an article from The New York Evening Mail of February 18 that year, in which Russian émigré Michael Jacob Gourland explained his philosophy behind this Charles Spiro-designed "Baby-Grand Typewriter". Spiro was commissioned by Gourland to design the typewriter in 1919.The following month, Typewriter Topics took a closer look at Mr Gourland:
Michael Jacob Gourland was born in Vilno in Russia on November 24, 1879. He arrived in the US in August 1916 and became a naturalised American on June 7, 1922. He was still living in New York in 1942.