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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard:
1892 Simplex 1

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1892 Simplex 1
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Status: My Collection
Created: 06-17-2017 at 09:41AM
Last Edit: 06-17-2017 at 09:41AM

Simplex Serial Numbers
Simplex Typewriter Galleries
Simplex 1 Typewriter Galleries


Many models of the Simplex were produced which were marketed for children. However the first model was sold as a typewriter for adults. It is not surprising that they decided to target younger typists after the first few years!

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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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