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The Typewriter Database 1881 Hall 1 (New York) Serial # 1065 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard: 1881 Hall 1 (New York) Serial # 1065 Thomas Hall, a Brooklyn engineer, invented this first index typewriter. A typewriter with no keyboard that requires one to use a selector (the black handle) to choose the characters when typing. It is housed in a handsome mahogany case with a beautiful brass handle and latch.

The Hall originally sold for $40, a low price alternative to the $100 keyboard machines; a good horse-drawn carriage could be bought for $70.00. At a time when few people knew how to type efficiently with both hands, it seemed reasonable to the operator of the Hall to pick out the characters with one hand.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard:
1881 Hall 1 (New York)

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1881 Hall 1 (New York)
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1065

Status: My Collection
Created: 06-16-2017 at 12:37PM
Last Edit: 06-16-2017 at 12:37PM

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Thomas Hall, a Brooklyn engineer, invented this first index typewriter. A typewriter with no keyboard that requires one to use a selector (the black handle) to choose the characters when typing. It is housed in a handsome mahogany case with a beautiful brass handle and latch.

The Hall originally sold for $40, a low price alternative to the $100 keyboard machines; a good horse-drawn carriage could be bought for $70.00. At a time when few people knew how to type efficiently with both hands, it seemed reasonable to the operator of the Hall to pick out the characters with one hand.


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Martin Howard
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I am a collector of 19th century typewriters and have built a collection that shows the remarkable ingenuity and beauty of the world’s first typewriters. I have always been interested in the beginnings of a machine when there is an eruption of approaches to making it. Early typewriters are an exceptional example of this incubation period.

My website is antiquetypewriters.com