World Typewriter Co., Maine, 1886 – no serial number

World 1 typewriter

The World typewriter is and elegant  and early index typewriter. It uses a swinging pointer with a finger cup on the end for one’s index finger to select the characters. At the other end of the pointer is a semi-circular wheel to which a rubber strip with molded characters was once attached. A metal rod pushed the pliant rubber characters against the paper.

Inking was achieved with two little felt ink pads that brushed against the rubber characters. An ink dropper was used to apply ink as required.

“The WORLD TYPEWRITER is the only one that can be conveniently carried by the traveler and can be used anywhere.”

“A useful and elegant holiday present for ladies and gentlemen.”

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