Antique Typewriters

The Martin Howard Collection

Lambert 1

Lambert 1

Lambert Typewriter Co., New York
1902 - serial no.295 - view patent

Frank Lambert on porch of his home in 1926

The Lambert is a beautiful machine with a most unique design. Frank Lambert, a French immigrant, spent seventeen years developing his typewriter. The first patent was in 1884 and it came to market in 1896. The typewriter sold well in America and Europe for a number of years.

One types by pushing down on one of the character buttons, causing the whole round disk to tilt down in that direction. Down below, just above the typing point, is a convex, vulcanite disc (shown below) with all of the characters molded onto it. This surface swings, with the disk above, to the right place for the selected character to be typed; it then descends to make contact with the paper underneath. The middle knob is for spacing. The lever protruding out from the 9:00 position was shifted to three positions, giving three characters for each 'key', for example U, u, and 2.

It is frequently stated to be a favorite amongst collectors and I would agree!

This typewriter sold for $15.75 to $25.00.

"The least machinery yet for a typewriter."

"Better than any $100.00 machine for usual work."

"To Editors, Clergymen, Lawyers, Physicians, Students, Commercial Travelers, Everybody, A joy Forever."

"Ignore the price in passing judgement. The Lambert is superior to $100 typewriters in all essential points -- beauty of writing, speed, uniformity of alignment, ease in operating (learned in a day), portability, constant readiness for work. THE LAMBERT TYPEWRITER "For Almost Everybody."

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