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

The World 1 typewriter.

The early and elegant World typewriter 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. When typing 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.

This world typewriter comes with a beautiful Mahogany box, with a remarkable latch and handle (shown below).

“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.”

“To say that I am well pleased, is expressing myself very mildly. Its simplicity. its lightness, and also its durability astonishes me. Parties laugh who hear me say I have an $8.00 type-writer, but their laughs turns to astonishment when they see a sample of its work. – A. L. Phillips, Pottsville, Pa.”