Excelsior Script and Type Writer


The "Excelsior Script and Type Writer" was invented ca.1895 by Leonie Welspiel of San Francisco, California. With this typewriter, the typist would have manipulated the circular keyboard atop the machine while, from beneath the keyboard, the typist would have selected one of the three 6" interchangeable aluminum baskets of typebars, each with a different typeface. The baskets were independent of the machine so, in theory, the typist could exchange them for any desired typeface (as one would with a Hammond shuttle or Blick typewheel). The paper would have fed towards the user out of the bottom front of the machine. The Excelsior Script & Type Writer was housed within a 12" x 12" x 6" aluminum frame. It has been written that at least one was produced.

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