Manufacturer: Odell Typewriter Co.
Designer: Levi J. Odell
Made in: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, USA
Originally Sold For: $15
The Odell 1 is a beautifully designed linear index typewriter. Model 1 was only made for the first year in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, with ‘Patent Pending’ indicated on the nameplate and then the Odell was made in Chicago. Model 1 has a lovely native American motive carved into the circular base and is painted gold. Quite often the gold paint is repainted by the collector and can look too bright. On this example though, the gold paint is in original condition To type, the small handle on top is grasped with three fingers and slid back and forth like a trombone to select the character. The pointer on the front of the handle is then pushed down into the alignment “comb” to type. The carriage moves perpendicular to the sliding handle movement. The first model only types in uppercase. "A Marvel of Beauty and Perfection."