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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard:
1890 Dart 1

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1890 Dart 1
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Status: My Collection
Created: 06-14-2017 at 07:38PM
Last Edit: 06-14-2017 at 07:38PM

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The Dart is a wondrous machine in its own right but as it types letters consecutively onto a surface, it is very much a typewriter.

It prints letters 1 inch high, is self inking, moving on wheels over the surface printed on, prints each letter at a single stroke, and spaces accurately between words and letters. ... In using, the operator grabs the knob on top of the machine lightly in the hand and turns the pointer on the dial to the letter or figure to be printed. The knob is then pressed downward with sufficient force to make a good impression, when the vibrating frame is allowed to come back to the place without removing the hand from the knob. ...The statement is made that it can be operated by any man or boy with but a few minutes practice."

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Martin Howard
Username: MartinHoward

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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