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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard:
1886 World 1

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1886 World 1
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Status: My Collection
Created: 06-17-2017 at 10:02AM
Last Edit: 06-17-2017 at 10:02AM

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This early and elegant little typewriter uses a swinging pointer with a finger cup on the end for one’s index finger to select the characters. At the other end of the pointer is a semi-circular wheel to which a rubber strip with molded characters was once attached. A metal rod pushed the pliant rubber characters against the paper.

Inking was achieved with two little felt ink pads that brushed against the rubber characters. An ink dropper was used to apply ink as required.

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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.

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