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


Century Typewriter

The Century Typewriter was manufactured by the Thomas (Thos) Hall Company of New York in 1891. It's an index typewriter and it was the final incarnation of Thomas' machines. His previous contributions were the three models of Hall index typewriters. The Century and the Halls could all be operated with just one hand. I'm VERY interested in acquiring the Century.

The Peoples Typewriter

The Peoples Typewriter, also known as the Prouty Typograph, was invented by Enoch Prouty out of Chicago, IL. It is a linear index typewriter similar to another Chicago-produced typewriter, the O'Dell. The People's was marketed ca.1885. It's big and cast of iron so it's heavy, but that's okay 'cause I've still got a few muscles left for it. Please email me if you have one.

The Rapid Typewriter

It was invented by Bernard Granville and produced by The Western Rapid Typewriter Company of Findlay, Ohio. It is debatable if the typewriter would have been successful if not for a gas-leak fire that devastated the factory in 1888. The company did try to rebound but, by 1895, some publications were already referring to it as a "failed." typewriter. Well, I love failed typewriters. Please email me at

Cox Typewriter

This cheap index typewriter was invented by John Cox of Scotland, ca.1860. Though it is very simple in design, it is also an early example of an index-style writing machine. If you have a Cox typewriter, I would love to hear from you.

Hood Typewriter

The Hood typewriter, an index machine was invented by Peter Hood of Scotland, ca.1857. It is unclear how many of these were produced or if Hood produced an altogether different typewriter. If you have a Hood, I would love to hear from you.

Dayton Typewriter

The Dayton Portable Typewriter Company was in operation for only about one year in Dayton, Ohio. It's typewriter, the Dayton, was patented on April 10, 1923 and marketed primarily in 1924. The company was liquidated by early 1925.

Columbia No.14 Standard Typewriter

This Columbia No.14 Standard typewriter with shift mechanism was an attempt at modernizing the brand for the 20th century. Though No.14s were also available with a full, double keyboard, a feature that been so synonymous with the brand, I'm mostly interested in the model pictured here with its four-row keyboard.

Wagner Schneider Typewriter

Wagner Schneider of Steckborn, Switzerland invented this typewriter in 1887. At its most basic it very similar to the Sun index typewriter except that the Schneider is more substantial and better built. Also unlike the Sun, which utilizes an ink pad system, the Schneider utilizes two ribbon spools. The Schneider also has two, yes, two bells. Lastly, the Schneider was specifically developed for the blind.

The Yetman Transmitting Typewriter

The Yetman typewriter is polarizing; you either like it or you don't. Collectors that are purists will view this as more of a telegraph-typewriter and not want it in their collection. There are also collectors, like yours truly, that are more forgiving. The Yetman was produced by the Yetman Typewriter Transmitter Company of New York, NY.

Bartholomew Shorthand Typewriter

The Bartholomew is a specialty typewriter, a stenographic typewriter. It was invented by Miles M. Bartholomew in 1879 which earns it the distinction of being the first ever commercially successful stenograph to be produced. With their 10 keys, these machines produce dots and dashes, similar to Morse code, and are able to generate up to 150 words per minute.

Universal Simplex Typewriter

The Universal Simplex is almost as basic as any typewriter could get. It was produced in England, ca.1884, and despite its simplicity, it was produced in a beautiful aesthetic of brass and wood. It was covered by the Royal Patents Press (U.K. patent office).

Horton Typewriter

The Horton is a very early frontstrike typewriter, patented September 18, 1883, that was invented by Edward Elijah Horton. Edward started the Horton Typewriter Company in 1885 in Toronto, Canada in support of his invention but a factory was later established in Buffalo, NY, too. Some evidence suggests that the actual production of the Horton may have been handled by E.E Garvin & Company of New York.

Alexander Typewriter

The Alexander typewriter bears the namesake of its inventor, Jesse Alexander. It dates to ca.1914. Jesse began producing his typewriters during March of that year out of a Brooklyn, NY factory. The name of his business was aptly named The Alexander Typewriter Company.

Diskret Typewriter

The Diskret, and index typewriter, was also manual cipher machine, which means that it could type in code. It was produced in Karlsruhe, Germany, ca.1898, and invented by Dr. Friedrich Rehmann. Since it's German, the typewriter may also be referred to as a Schreibmaschine DiskretGeheim-und Weltschreibmaschine, or Volksschreibmaschine.

Wagner Typewriter

The Wagner typewriter, named after its inventor, Franz Xavier Wagner, was produced ca.1884. It's a very influential design that eventually provided the blueprint on which all Underwood would be built.

North's Typewriter

The North's typewriter had a very peculiar rear-downstrike typebar arrangement. There were very few typewriters built that way and, ultimately, it was a flawed system. The North's was produced by The North's Manufacturing Company Limited of London, ca.1892. It is an imposing, beautiful typewriter.

Anderson Shorthand Typewriter

The Anderson Shorthand Typewriter, a specialty typewriter, is a shorthand machine that was invented and manufactured by G.K. Anderson of New York. There were at least five slightly different models produced of the Anderson. The one above is the folding version.

Bivort Stenograph

This is one of the more interesting stenographic typewriters I've seen, probably because its keyboard reminds me of Mahjong tiles. It's the Bivort Sténophile and it was invented by Charles Bivort of France, ca.1904. There were at least two versions produced with slightly different inking mechanisms. They sold for $60.