Antique Typewriters

The Martin Howard Collection

Odell 1

Odell 1

Odell Typewriter Company, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
1889 - no serial number - view patent

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 on the nameplate. The Odell was then manufactured 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.

There is a lovely 19th century illustration below that shows the Odell being used by a finely dressed lady.

The Odell typewriter originally sold for $15.00.

"The only practical low-priced machine."

"A Marvel of Beauty and Perfection."

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