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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard:
1899 Keystone 1

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1899 Keystone 1
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Status: My Collection
Created: 06-16-2017 at 02:15PM
Last Edit: 06-16-2017 at 02:15PM

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This beautiful portable uses a rotating type selector, shaped like a partial wagon wheel. The characters are molded onto the outside surface of this wheel, which is rotated into position with the depression of a key. Then a spring-driven hammer strikes from behind to push the paper and ribbon against the type wheel. As a result the paper is preloaded into a cylindrical holder behind the platen and unrolls up and out when typing.

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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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