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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Guillermo Fernandez Boan:
1893 American 2

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1893 American 2
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Status: My Collection
Created: 12-18-2016 at 09:23AM
Last Edit: 12-18-2016 at 09:28AM

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At ahe end of XIX century office size typewriter were very expensive.
A myriad of objects appear in the market to satisfy the "typewriter anxiety" of those unable to spend their money or to brake their piggy bank in order to bring home a proper typewriter.
Index typewriters appear to fill this gap, with prices as ridiculous as the machines itself.
The American typewriter is a good example of this old story.
The operator should move the pointer's needle over the index, and press a rubber sheet with letters and signs over the paper. Two little ink rollers keep the index wet.
Vulcanization was just patented at the middle of the XIX century. Imagine that few decades after a rubber sheet was intended to resist the pressure of a metal hammer each time a letter or sign were selected by the typewriter operator.
Damage was not just expected: was impossible to avoid.
Despite all this flaws, this particular example has arrived the XXI century in near complete condition.
The cast iron machine is not broken, the beautiful golden lines of the decals are there, the two index rollers survive, et al.
Even the rubber sheet with letters and signs survive, despite petrified and blurred after 130 years of oblivion. There is just a part of it, two centimeters long, that is broken.
Now I am looking for a new replacement, not to "replace" the original one (damn If I do so!), just to exhibit side by side the typewriter.
And that's all folks, enjoy the pics.

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Guillermo Fernandez Boan

Argentinian lawyer resident in Buenos Aires city.
For half a century, enthusiast typist. Now enthusiast typewriter hunter.

1893 American 2 Photo Gallery

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