Malling-Hansen Typewriter

Before typewriters there was this, the Malling-Hansen Writing Ball (Skrivekugle). Actually, it is a typewriter but when it was first produced the term "typewriter" hadn't yet been coined. The Malling-Hansen is an exquisite piece of brassware that was produced commercially, but, unlike the Sholes & Glidden, it was not successful. It was made in Denmark and patented in 1865. If you have one for sale, drop me a line. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

Crandall New Model Typewriter

Victorian embellishments, mother-of-pearl inlay, curved two-row keyboard... really, what's not to love?! There were two version produced of this typewriter. One had slightly bluer MOP flowers and the others' were more reddish. A previous version lacked the MOP inlay altogether. Though this isn't the most rare typewriter around, it has managed to elude me. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

The Caligraph No.1 Typewriter

The Caligraph was just the second commercially successful typewriter produced, the first being the Sholes & Glidden. Officially it was called the Caligraph Writing Machine which was produced by the American Writing Machine Company. What makes the No.1 different from later Caligraphs is its smaller size and smaller keyboard that types only uppercase. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

Edison Mimeograph Typewriter

Contrary to what some may believe, Thomas A. Edison had nothing to do with the invention of this typewriter. The typewriter is named as such because it is supposed to work in conjunction with the Edison Mimeograph. That is why the correct, full name for this machine is the Edison Mimeograph Typewriter. There were three different models produced of the Edison. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

Zerograph Typewriter

Calling this machine a typewriter is probably a bit of a stretch. It's more of a telegraphic typewriter, or even a teletype machine. Either way, it has that stunning Hammond-like, curved two-row keyboard that every typewriter geek loves. Please, please email me if you have one! Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

The Chicago No.3 Typewriter

Though it was the last version from the Chicago brand, the No.3 is arguably the most interesting. It's also my favorite. I especially love its flattop and its ribbon spools that stand angled and upright. The Chicago No.3 also has a more exposed frame which makes the typewriter look unfinished. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

Williams No.1 Typewriter

How beautiful is she? The Williams is celebrated for its two sets of fanned-out typebars that kick at the platen like grasshopper's legs. The earliest No.1 models came with a curved keyboard, gold pinstripes and floral embellishments. Examples with glasstp keys are especially lovely. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

Visible Index Typewriter

Not much is known of this typewriter... not even a patent drawing. And yet, here it is. Made by The Visible Index Company of New York. It should not be confused with "The Visible Index" typewriter which is a completely different beast. Please contact me if you have ANY information or if you have one for sale. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

Hughes Typograph

Invented in 1850, The Hughes Typograph Typewriter is an early example of a writing machine for the blind. The hardware was made of brass while the base was mahogany. Its inventor was W. Hughes, Director of the Henshaw Institution in Manchester, England. The Hughes Typograph is an index (keyboard-less) typewriter. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

Polygraph Typewriter

The Polygraph is a German made schreibmaschine (typewriter). The image above is of a No.2 model that's lacking one of its coolest features, a large decal on the top plate of the company factory. Earlier Polygraph No.1 models have a breathtaking curved keyboard. Both models are desirable and I would be very interested in either. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

Keystone Typewriter

What's not to love about a typewriter that is so exposed. Almost all of its working are exposed so you may view what it's doing while typing. The Keystone was the invention of William Prehn Quentell and several years afterwards he also invented the Postal typewriter. He didn't stray too far from the Keystone's footprint beacuse if you were to place a Postal next to it you would definitely see the similarities. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

The Maskelyne Typewriter

Look a this British-made stunner! Marvel over its three-row keyboard, boxy frame and a crescent top. Fawn over its bold pinstripes and gold embellishments. I'm smitten and I can almost guarantee that nobody wants one more than me. This typewriter was invented by John and Nevil Maskelyne and produced by The Maskelyne Typewriter & Manufacturing Company Limited of London. The company motto was "Scripta ferunt annos," which translates to "Writings survive he years" from Latin. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

The Fitch Typewriter

The Fitch is just one of four brands that was developed with a rear, downstrike typebar arrangement. That simply means that the type elements struck the platen from the top back whereas most modern typewriters struck from the front. Needless to say, The Fitch, just like the North's, Waverly and Brooks, was a commercial failure... which is all the more reason I want one. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

International Typewriter

I would describe this machine as being beastly. It's ugly and clunky but the more I look at it the more I fall in love. It's hard to believe that Lucien Crandall, the same man that invented the mesmerizing Crandall New Model typewriter, also developed The International. This is actually the less ornate version of the International. I'm not picky, I would be happy with either. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

Minerva Typewriter

Not much is known about this macchina da scrivere Minerva (Minerva typewriter). It appears to have been made in Rome, Italy. Overall, it isn't too innovative, but man-oh-man, look at all that copper hardware. And the embossed image of the goddess Minerva is so gorgeous. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

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.

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The English Typewriter

It almost looks like a Hammond typewriter, doesn't it? The English was produced by The English Typewriter Limited of London, England and the same team that invented The North's typewriter. Though more of the North's were produced, neither typewriter was terribly successful and English, especially, barely made a blip on the markets. In my opinion, it is the more attractive, however. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

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Jones Typographer Typewriter

Like the Cooper, The Jones was produced before the term typewriter was developed. Thus its official name is the Jones Typographer, but also referred to as the Jones Mechanical Typographer. It was invented by John Jones of New York, ca.1852, and produced by the Rochester Novelty Works. Please email me if you have one. Antikey.Chop@gmail.com

Cooper Typewriter

This mean, green machine was invented by John H. Cooper of Philadelphia, PA. It was patented on May 20, 1856. Officially, according to the patent paperwork, it was called a "hand printing machine" which is because the term typewriter wasn't yet developed. C'mon, admit it, that green finish is stunning! Antikey.Chop@gmail.com