1881 Hall 1 (New York) #1065
Status: My Collection
Created: 06-16-2017 at 12:37PM
Last Edit: 06-16-2017 at 12:37PM
Thomas Hall, a Brooklyn engineer, invented this first index typewriter. A typewriter with no keyboard that requires one to use a selector (the black handle) to choose the characters when typing. It is housed in a handsome mahogany case with a beautiful brass handle and latch.
The Hall originally sold for $40, a low price alternative to the $100 keyboard machines; a good horse-drawn carriage could be bought for $70.00. At a time when few people knew how to type efficiently with both hands, it seemed reasonable to the operator of the Hall to pick out the characters with one hand.
Hunter: Martin Howard (MartinHoward)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
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
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