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The Typewriter Database 1895 Ford typewriter Serial # 869 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard: 1895 Ford typewriter Serial # 869 The Ford is a most impressive typewriter with its ornate grille and gracefully integrated keyboard. It was a machine to grace the eyes but would not have endeared itself to the typist, as the keys are rather springy and wobbly when typing and the platen with a line advance lever, surprisingly does not have a line-by-line clicking action if one needs to go back or forwards a few lines. Also the shift keys for capitals and figures require a solid push to operate, not a good design for fast typing. However, what the Ford did have was visible writing, allowing one to see the typed words on the platen as soon as they were typed. It was not the first to do this but most contemporary typewriters were still blind writers, requiring one to lift the carriage to see the last lines typed.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard:
1895 Ford typewriter

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1895 Ford typewriter
Serial #
869

Status: My Collection
Created: 06-16-2017 at 12:33PM
Last Edit: 06-16-2017 at 12:33PM

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The Ford is a most impressive typewriter with its ornate grille and gracefully integrated keyboard. It was a machine to grace the eyes but would not have endeared itself to the typist, as the keys are rather springy and wobbly when typing and the platen with a line advance lever, surprisingly does not have a line-by-line clicking action if one needs to go back or forwards a few lines. Also the shift keys for capitals and figures require a solid push to operate, not a good design for fast typing. However, what the Ford did have was visible writing, allowing one to see the typed words on the platen as soon as they were typed. It was not the first to do this but most contemporary typewriters were still blind writers, requiring one to lift the carriage to see the last lines typed.


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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.

My website is antiquetypewriters.com