|The Ford typewriter was invented by Eugene A. Ford and
was manufactured by the
Ford Typewriter Company of New York in 1895. There was no connection to the Ford
Motor Company that was founded in 1903. The Ford's most distinguishing
characteristic is an ornate latticework shield, finished in bronze, that served
as a cover for it's type mechanism.
action type and controlled by a three row, curved keyboard, the Ford also
had the distinction of being one of the earliest typewriters manufactured
in lightweight aluminum. Also in the offering, was a cast iron version,
painted black. The cast iron Ford was advertised for sale at $75. while the lighter
weight aluminum Ford was $85.
The Ford typewriter was also sold in Germany as the Knoch and in France as the Hurtu. Despite many advanced features and the promise it offered, the Ford typewriter was a marketplace failure and quickly disappeared from the 1890's typewriter scene. Few were manufactured and even fewer have survived. As for Eugene Ford, he went on to a distinguished career as an engineer for IBM Corp.
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