Crandall: New Model Typewriter, 1886 [Beautiful Machines]

from The Martin Howard Collection,



Quin, Liam R. E.: “Typewriters from the Martin Howard Collection” (2008)

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  • Roki

    This is simply gorgeous!

    Do you happen to know anything about the rationale behind the keyboard arrangement?

  • Thomas L. McDonald

    It was the first single element typewriter (characters on a rotating cylinder that anticipated the balls of later years) and achieved 84 characters with only 28 keys via a double shift. I imagine the layout had to do with that.