One of the most common of the upstrike Remingtons, the No. 6 has many improvements over its predecessors. Important changes were made to the carriage design, escapement, and ribbon advance. However, the early lead enjoyed by Remington from the introduction of the Remington 2 was being challenged by other upstrike typewriters, such as the Yost and the Smith Premier, and soon the Oliver. Even the Merritt index typewriter captured some of the early typewriter business when many questions remained about which keyboard and letter layout, which printing mechanism, which type elements would wind up at the top of the heap. The early years of the typewriter business were a cut-throat time.
Of course, other things also occupied the attention of the times: New England Telephone and Telegraph installed the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts, the first college basketball game was played, the Reconstruction era Enforcement Act was repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise blacks, the U.S. and China signed a treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering U.S. after resident Chinese had provided invaluable labor for decades, a London taxi driver George Smith became the first to be fined for drunk driving, the Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man 74 years prior to the Kent State shootings, Debussey's "Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune" debuted, setting the stage so to speak for Najinski to turn the ballet world on its ear in 1912 and, last but not least, Utah became the 45th state to join the United States.