1911 Blickensderfer 8 #157068
Status: My Collection
Created: 04-13-2014 at 11:20PM
Last Edit: 03-22-2015 at 06:46PM
The first Blickensderfer was produced in 1893,
and it was the first typewriter so small and light to be called "portable". Really, it was more "porable" than "typewriter".
First reason: the keyboard.
The keyboard, in fact, is very difficult, because both the typecylinder and the carriage movement are entirely activated by the keypress.
This means the keyboard is heavy, and every key must be pushed to the bottom.
Second reason: the inkroll
The typecylinder is inked by a small inkroll, this grants a rather good print quality, but often you've got to refill your inkroll, and when you do that you always risk to leave spots on your hands, on your table and (worse) on the paper you're writing...
This means you need anyway a good desk to write on, and makes very difficult to write, for example, on your knees, or on a 1900 steam train.
Anyway Blicks were successful typewriters, because of the very low price (about half the remington standard) and because they were really very small, light, and easy to carry.
Hunter: Enrico Morozzi (elmoroz)
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