William 1

Date of appearance: 1891
Manufacturer: Domestic Sewing Machine Co.
Designer: John N. Williams
Made in: New York, USA
Originally Sold For: $95
Weight: g
Tags: typewriter

The unique and wonderful design of the Williams typewriter has the type bars arranged in two symmetrical fans, one on either side of the carriage. With an articulated action they hop up and over to the top of the platen giving visible typing. However, only a few lines were seen at a time, as the paper was rolled up and placed in the open-sided coil in front of the carriage and as one typed, the paper was fed up and over into the rear cavity going out of view. The type bars, resting on ink pads, are inked when they came back to their starting position. With no ribbon to get between the type bars and the paper, the printing was very sharp. The curved keyboard models were only made during the first year of production, after which they had straight keyboards. These early curved keyboard models had glass key tops and frames beautifully decorated with floral motifs, which can be seen in the other images. "The WILLIAMS has been adopted by the British War Department, after severe competitive test, and we have a cash order for 3,000 machines from Europe."

William 1
Williams 1 (antiquetypewriters.com)
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William 1 (antiquetypewriters.com)
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