notable typewriters

These typewriters from my collection all mark their place in history by having new and notable design features.

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Stenograph 1

First machine for typing shorthand – 1879 

Hall 1

First index typewriter (no keyboard) and the world’s first portable – 1881


First European typewriter, Hamburg Germany – 1884

Crandall 1

First typewriter to use a single type element instead of type bars – 1883

Columbia 1

One of the few early typewriters to use proportional spacing – 1885


First typewriter to use a daisy wheel – 1889

McLoughlin Brothers

First typewriter to be marketed for children – 1890

Blickensderfer 5

First portable keyboard typewriter – 1893


First typewriter to have the three design elements that would define the modern typewriter – 1894


The first typewriter to use the new metal aluminum in its construction – 1895

Underwood 1

The typewriter that set the standard design for the 20th century – 1896

Hall Braille-writer 1

The first successful mechanical point writer for the blind – 1892