Williams Typewriter

Circa 1890

A most unusual looking typewriter, the Williams used typebars that performed a grasshopper like movement before striking the paper.  It was invented by John Newton Williams in 1890.  The example shown is the first model, with a gracefully curved keyboard and decorations on its side frame. It was quickly replaced, in its first year of production, by an undecorated, straight keyboard version.  There were several models that followed and production lasted through the 1890s.  Other name variants were Academy, Junior and Englewood.

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