Posted 10 years ago
The Lambert (1902) is a beautiful machine with a most unique design. Frank Lambert, a French immigrant, spent seventeen years developing his typewriter. The first patent was in 1884 and it came to market in 1896. The typewriter sold well, in America and Europe, for a number of years.
One types by pushing down on one of the character buttons, causing the whole round disk to tilt down in that direction. Down below, just above the typing point, is a convex, vulcanite surface with all of the characters molded onto it. This surface swings, with the disk above, to the right place for the selected character to be typed; it then descends to make contact with the paper underneath. The middle knob is for spacing. The lever protruding out from the 9:00 position was shifted to three positions, giving three characters for each 'key', in this case the characters U, u and 2.
It is frequently stated to be a favorite amongst collectors and I would agree!
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