Wednesday, November 30, 2016

19th century Waverley Type-Writer

Typewriter historian Martin Howard picked up a rare and exquisite Waverley typewriter (1896) in Scotland.

The Waverley Typewriter Ltd., London, England
1896 - serial no. 3H

"The distinguishing aspect of its design is the position of the type bars, which stand vertically behind the platen and swing down towards the typist to strike the top of the platen when typing. This was all about giving visible tying, where one could see what one had just typed. However, with the escape for the paper blocked by the type bars, the carriage design became quite complicated. To get a sheet of paper ready for typing, the bottom edge is pushed back a few inches on the three prongs that are seen under the three hoops of the paper bail in front of the carriage. As one types the paper goes up and around the platen and curls up into a cylinder in the paper bail. The paper is then pulled out sideways."
Boing Boing

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