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191x Hammond Multiplex

Serial #190802

The Hammond has a very peculiar mechanism. Perhaps the best way to describe the way it puts the characters on the paper, would be comparing it to the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker. There's a small hammer in the back of the carriage. Every time you press a key, the internal mechanism makes the print wheel rotate to the proper position, and then the hammer strikes the paper from behind, pressing it against the ribbon.

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191x Hammond Multiplex Photo Gallery

The Hammond Multiplex frontispiece

General view of keyboard.

The interchangeable printwheel mechanism.

View from behind: the escapement spring and gears

Side view: vertical ribbon shaft, CAPS and FIGS lock linkages, and carriage rails

The margin stops

Close-up to the cast-aluminium frame and carriage rails

The ribbon advance control knob is located under the machine, to the left.

Right-side view of the carriage, showing the backspace linkage.

Close-up to the sticker on the wooden cover.

The original cover, made of steam-curved plywood.

The cover has two latches that secure it to the wooden base.

Close-up to one of the cover latches

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