Index Visible Typewriter


Index Visible


The Index Visible typewriter was produced ca.1900 by the Index Typewriter Company of New York. Just two years later, in 1902, the company was dissolved in the state of N.Y. but not before an Ohio company, The Buckeye Writing Machine Company, planned on taking over production. The Buckeye company ran a small ad campaign in support of the typewriter in 1900.


The Index Visible typewriter had a faux keyboard that was actually its index. The keys did not depress. Instead, the user was to slip their index finger into a leather holster that was attached to a cord which was then attached to the typewheel mechanism. As the holstered finger hovered over a desired character on the index, the typewheel would then spin to that character. The Index Visible typewriter cost $25.

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