Posted 8 years ago
The most distinguishing aspect of the William's design was the articulated movement of the type-bars as they traveled to the platen.
The type-bars are arranged in two fans on either side of the platen and hop-up and over to the top of the platen when typing. The type-bars, resting on ink pads, were inked when they came back to their starting position, With no ribbon to get between the type-bars and the paper, the printing was very sharp.
This typewriter proudly offered visible writing, but only one line at a time, as the paper would disappear into a cylinder, as the paper was advanced.
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