American Visible

Date of appearance: 1901
Manufacturer: American Typewriter Co.
Made in: New York, USA
Introductory price: $3.98
Weight: g
Tags: typewriter

To print a character on this strange keyboard one slides the nickel-plated handle, on top of the keyboard, left and right so one of its four pointers has selected a character. The lever on the left side of the machine is then pushed down, causing a metal rod to push the chosen character forwards from a strip of molded rubber characters (shown below) against the platen. Two felt inking rollers, kept the rubber strip inked as one moved the handle back and forth. This typewriter sold for $3.98 in the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogue. "So simple in construction that even a child can operate it without an instructor."

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