AMERICAN VISIBLE TYPEWRITER




American Visible Typewriter



American Visible Typewriter
     
 

The American Visible typewriter was a product of the American Typewriter Company, manufacturer of  a variety of typewriters from 1893 through the early part of the twentieth century. 

The American Visible was an index typewriter that printed from rubber type on a slider.  Advertisements gave the illusion that the machine was a fully functioning keyboard typewriter.  It was not.  It was controlled by a finger thimble that hovered above the keyboard.   The desired character was printed by placing one's finger in the thimble and sliding it over that character on the American's simulated keyboard.  Once a character was selected, depressing the thimble caused the entire keyboard to lower thus pivoting a print hammer into the typeface for printing.  An ink pad, located between the sliding type and the platen contacted the typeface for inking.  

Another variation of this model, with a curved front edge, used a sliding pointer to select a character for printing.  On this model, the keyboard did not lower but instead used a lever at the left of the keyboard to actuate the print hammer.   On both versions, a spacebar  was located in front of the keyboard.  This design was also sold under the name Young American Typewriter. 

The Americal Visible is a simple yet charming example of an early writing machine.


 

      American Visible Typewriter Young American typewriter American Visible with wood base
      American Visible typewriter typeface



 

 

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