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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard:
1892 Barlock 4

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1892 Barlock 4
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Status: My Collection
Created: 06-14-2017 at 07:50AM
Last Edit: 06-14-2017 at 07:50AM

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The gorgeous Bar - Lock 4 is defined by its prominent Baroque styled, pressed copper, shield which is positioned in front of the type bars.

The Bar - Lock was invented by Charles Spiro, one of the great typewriter pioneers, who had apprenticed in his father's New York watchmakers shop. He had previously invented the Columbia index typewriter.

The type bars swing down to the top of the platen so that the words are visible as they are typed, provided the typist sat up straight enough to see over the copper shield.

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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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