American Visible Typewriter

Circa 1893

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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