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189X Merritt Type Writer Serial # 5346 189X Merritt Type Writer typewriter, Serial # 5346 Guillermo Fernandez Boan's 189X Merritt Type Writer typewriter. 2017-04-30 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Guillermo Fernandez Boan: 189X Merritt Type Writer Serial # 5346 Very clever index writing device. The line of types raise by means of a lever, the chosen letter or sign passes through a precise square hole and print over the paper (you need to raise the platen to see what you have written, because this is a blind index typewriter).
The unique hole where the type needs to enter in order to print, makes me think in the method used in the Jost blind typewriter in order to keep proper alignement.
The Merritt is easy to use, the ink rollers work properly ("efficiently" is too much a word for any ink roller in any early typewriter) and it is, IMHO the first index typewriter where a trained typist can achieve an adequate speed.
Hard to understand the reason why the serial number is carved in the wooden base, but there is where you find it, an in no other place of the typewriter itself.
You can even see a moderate intent of add a typeface specimen sample (be nice, was my first attempt with this little and fascinating index typewriter).

189X Merritt Type Writer #5346

Status: My Collection
Created: 04-30-2017 at 10:20AM
Last Edit: 04-30-2017 at 10:29AM


Description:

Very clever index writing device. The line of types raise by means of a lever, the chosen letter or sign passes through a precise square hole and print over the paper (you need to raise the platen to see what you have written, because this is a blind index typewriter).
The unique hole where the type needs to enter in order to print, makes me think in the method used in the Jost blind typewriter in order to keep proper alignement.
The Merritt is easy to use, the ink rollers work properly ("efficiently" is too much a word for any ink roller in any early typewriter) and it is, IMHO the first index typewriter where a trained typist can achieve an adequate speed.
Hard to understand the reason why the serial number is carved in the wooden base, but there is where you find it, an in no other place of the typewriter itself.
You can even see a moderate intent of add a typeface specimen sample (be nice, was my first attempt with this little and fascinating index typewriter).

Typeface Specimen:

Photos:



a type inside the hole
a type inside the hole









the serial number engraved on the wooden base
the serial number engraved on the wooden base





bell and clapper, the latter with a charming and useful design
bell and clapper, the latter with a charming and useful design

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



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