Antique Typewriters

The Martin Howard Collection




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Chicago Writing Machine Co., Chicago
1899 - serial no.27310 - see Munson 1 to view patent

This is an early Chicago showing the patent dates on the front shield. Collector's refer to this model as the 'decorated model'.

There are no type bars on the Chicago but instead a type-cylinder is used. This is a cylinder, about the size of ones little finger, with the characters of the keyboard cast onto its surface. The type-cylinder moves back and forth and rotates into position when typing, then a meal rod strikes from the back to push the paper and ribbon against the selected character on the type-cylinder to make the impression.

The type cylinders are interchangeable with many font styles available.

This typewriter sold for $35.00.

"The ability of your fingers to perform rapidly can never equal the capacity of The Chicago to execute quickly."

"It is the Best What is. You need it in your Biz."

"If you must part with $100 when buying a writing machine pay $35 for "The Chicago" and give the $65.00 away."


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