The typewriters on this page represent some of the more beautiful examples that I would love to own. I want them to an almost unhealthy degree. Please email me if you've got one.


Sun Typewriter

The Sun Index Typewriter was produced in New York and introduced in 1885. Originally these had a wood base which would eventually be eliminated. It is thoroughly remarkable how very similar this typewriter is to the O'dell No.1, a.k.a the "Sealfoot" model, which also an index typewriter.

The Kruse Typewriter

A very peculiar index typewriter, ca.1890. Its inventor, Robert H. Ingersoll, had a knack for designing very interesting typewriters which also included The Dollar and The Ingersoll. All three are rare today.

Niagara Typewriter

The Niagara has a special place in my heart because it was made here in Connecticut, ca.1902, by none other than the Blickensderfer Typewriter Company. Note how similar the carriage, base and paper table are to Blick No.5s. Blicks were already lightweight and inexpensive and the Niagara, without a keyboard, was even more so. Some of these typewriters were also rebranded and sold as the Best and

Victor Typewriter

The Victor was an index typewriter made in Boston. Its beautiful gold embellishments were influenced by the Art Nouveau movement. The Victor is credited as being the first daisy wheel typewriter, ca.1890. Daisy wheels would be utilized in typewriters well into the 1980s on some electric models.

Alexis Typewriter

This typewirter is named after the town where it was produced, Alexis, Illinois. It was originally patented in 1890 but it was virtually unknown until one was discovered about 10 years ago. Since then a few more have bubbled up but none have come my way (yet).

Edland Typewriter

Under the brass finish of the Edland is cheap pot metal that can warp when exposed to the heat of the sun or even to some lubricants. So, yes, these are rare because few were sold, but even fewer have actually survived. The Edland was produced by the Liberty Manufacturing Company of New York.

The Golden Rule Typewriter

It appears that this may have been a very crude toy used similarly to a stamp. The child would have selected a character, inked it, made an impression and then repeating for each new character. The slogan on the box reads "Any kind of ink and every variety of type can be used."

Hammonia Typewriter

The Hammonia is the first typewriter ever produced in Germany, ca.1882, which they called a Typen Schreibmaschine. It was produced by the Guhl & Harbeck Company and it's a linear index style writing machine. Some of these were also sold in French markets but without the eagle decal. The Hammonia had a kickstand under the base which was used to raise the back of the typewriter so it was more ergonomic to type on.

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Crown Typewriter

Earlier examples of the Crown typewriter had a straight front frame like the one on this page. Later models were curved. The Crown was invented by Byron Brooks, a prolific typewriter inventor. Both models were produced by the National Meter Company of of 252 Broadway New York. Patented March 6, 1888.

McLoughlin Bros. Typewriter

There were two Mcloughlin Brothers typewriters produced and the one pictured here is the second version. Though they were originally sold as toys, the McLoughlin brothers had hopes of selling their writing machine to cost-conscious businessmen as well.

Columbia Typewriter

When talking about great inventors of typewriters, like Sholes, Blickensderfer or Wagner, one also has to mention Charles Spiro. Spiro developed this Columbia Typewriter, of which there were three different models. Spiro would later develop his most successful endeavour, the Bar-Lock typewriter.

The Morris Typewriter

The Morris was invented by Robert Morris, a Kentuckian. It was produced by the Hoggson & Pettis Manufacturing Company of New Haven, Connecticut. The company produced mostly large industrial machinery but, on occasion it made smaller items, too. These smaller items included The Automatic Safety Check Punch and the Morris typewriter. I am especially interested in typewriters made in Connecticut.

The Yankee Typewriter

Typewriters don't get more basic (and cheap) than this. The Yankee typewriter is a name variant of The Dollar typewriter and, like the name suggests, they cost just $1. Like The Kruse at the top of this page, the design of these $1, toy-like writing machines belongs to inventor Robert H. Ingersoll.

Boston Typewriter

​The Boston typewriter was produced during the latter part of the 19th century in (you guessed it) Boston. As far as index typewriters go most that I've come across are small compared to the Boston. The grade of the iron and wood are notably better in quality than its contemporaries, too. The Boston typewriter is a serious piece of indutrial era machinery.

Dart Typewriter

As far as I know most of the Dart Marking Machines (which look like a letter press) have bubbled up into European collections. That's even though they were made in Hartford, Connecticut, US. I think it's more of these typewriters found their way into collections here stateside. Some Dart Marking Machines are marked as being produced by Jno. (John) M. Fairfield who was, in fact, contracted to refine and produce the earliest examples. Later models are marked as being produced by The Dart Marking Machine Company.

Coffman Typewriter

The Coffman typewriter was invented by Dr. G.W. Coffman and it was produced by the Coffman Manufacturing Company of St. Louis Missouri, ca.1902. It was marketed as a pocket typewriter with sales prices as low as $3.99 each and as high as $5 each. The Coffman is a linear index typewriter. Please contact me if you have one.