Lasar Type-Writer

Circa 1886

The Lasar type-writer was invented by Godfrey Henry Lasar, the son of German immigrants to America and an attempt at selling the machine was made by the Lasar Typewriter Company of St. Louis in the mid 1880's. It is a downstroke, caps only typewriter of considerable size and substance and was somewhat advanced for its day. Despite protection by at least seventeen patents, the typewriter, and its small upstart company, disappeared quickly and forever from the marketplace. Typewriter historians of the period credit patent infringement lawsuits for its demise. 

The Lasar typewriter shown in the above photo is serial #21 and is from my personal collection.  It is the only known specimen  to have survived.

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