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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard:
1887 Crandall New Model

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1887 Crandall New Model
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Status: My Collection
Created: 06-14-2017 at 08:08AM
Last Edit: 06-14-2017 at 08:08AM

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The Crandall New Model is one of the most beautiful typewriters ever made. It has a wonderful curved and ornate Victorian design that is lavishly decorated with hand painted roses, accented with mother-of-pearl.

Its predecessor, the Crandall 1 of 1883, was the first typewriter to use a single type-element (no type bars) -- well before IBM's Selectric typewriter of 1961 with its ‘Golf ball’ spherical type-element. Like the Selectric, the Crandall’s cylindrical type-element could easily be changed to type with a different font style.

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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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