Antique Typewriters

The Martin Howard Collection




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World Typewriter Co., Maine
1886 - no serial number - view patent

This early and elegant little typewriter uses a swinging pointer with a finger cup on the end for one’s index finger to select the characters. At the other end of the pointer is a semi-circular wheel to which a rubber strip with molded characters was once attached. A metal rod pushed the pliant rubber characters against the paper.

Inking was achieved with two little felt ink pads that brushed against the rubber characters. An ink dropper was used to apply ink as required.

This typewriter is in original mint like condition and comes with its beautiful Mahogany box with a most remarkable latch and handle (shown below).

"The WORLD TYPEWRITER is the only one that can be conveniently carried by the traveler and can be used anywhere."

"A useful and elegant holiday present for ladies and gentlemen."

"To say that I am well pleased, is expressing myself very mildly. Its simplicity. its lightness, and also its durability astonishes me. Parties laugh who hear me say I have an $8.00 type-writer, but their laughs turns to astonishment when they see a sample of its work. - A. L. Phillips, Pottsville, Pa."


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