The Keystone typewriter used a semi circular type sector and printing occurred when the selected character was struck from the rear by a hammer. Before typing, the paper was rolled into a coil at the rear of the carriage where it eventually passed between the typeface, with an inked ribbon in front of it, and the hammer. Shown here is the first model Keystone with a red & yellow Keystone decal decorating the top of this coil. Later models had a removable black cover over the key levers with this same Keystone Decal. The Keystone typewriter was small, using as few parts as necessary to get the job done, yet it was a very attractive writing machine. It enjoyed some success in the marketplace, but it did not stand the test of time and soon disappeared from the early 1900s typewriter scene.
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