American Typewriter Co., New York, 1901 – serial no.2138

American Visible 1 typewriter

To print a character on the American Visible typewriter’s strange keyboard, one slides the nickel-pointers has selected a character. The lever on the left side of the machine is then pushed down, causing a metal rod to push the chosen character forwards from a strip of molded rubber characters (shown below) against the platen. Two felt inking rollers, kept the rubber strip inked as one moved the handle back and forth.

This typewriter sold for $3.98 in the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogue.

“So simple in construction that even a child can operate it without an instructor.”

“In the high-priced machines this (learning the key locations) requires many months of tedious five finger exercises, but with this machine, a few hours practice will enable you to carry on your ordinary correspondence at a fair rate of speed, which will increase rapidly until you can exceed the speed of the pen, from five to ten words a minute.”


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