Why is it so massive and what's with all those keys (86 total)? It's because what we have here is a syllable typewriter. The Eckels, invented by George M. Eckels of Chicago, Illinois ca.1890, was meant to type individual letters, syllables and even some whole words. Its intent was to speed up the process of typing on a typewriter.
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