American Visible Typewriter
The American Visible typewriter was a product of the American Typewriter Company
who manufactured several different models of typewriters from 1893 through the early
part of the twentieth century. The American Visible printed from rubber type on a slider
and many of its advertisements gave the illusion that the machine was a full
keyboard typewriter. It was not. It was controlled by a finger thimble
that hovered above the keyboard. The desired character was printed by sliding the thimble
over the corresponding character on the simulated keyboard and depressing it. Inking occurred when the type rubbed against an ink pad, hidden between the sliding type and the platen.
A simple, yet elegant, device.
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