The Franklin is a very beautiful machine with its curved keyboard and curved type-bar shield to match. This early model is distinctive from later models in having a nickel-plated paper table, an oval name plate under the keys, and the name 'The Franklin' in Old-English lettering on the curved type-bar shield.
The type-bars stand up vertically behind the shield and swing down to strike the top of the platen. One can see what is being typed but would need to sit up straight to see over the shield.
The Franklin was well built, good to type on, well priced, and attractive. The Franklin sold well, with a model nine being manufactured in 1904.
The Franklin was the first typewriter to have a shift lock function.
This typewriter originally sold for $60.00 to $75.00.
"Type prints on top of the Cylinder, hence Writing always in sight as soon as written."
"Irrespective of Price The Best."
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