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Williams 1 typewriter - 1891

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Posted 6 years ago


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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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  1. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 6 years ago
    do you restore these? if so, your a technical GENIOUS!!!
  2. typewritercollector typewritercollector, 6 years ago
    Hi Mike,
    I love taking early typewriters apart and cleaning them from the inside out. I have spent many hours working on these beautiful typing machines. All of the typewriters in my collection are mechanically perfect, which give me a great sense of pleasure.

    Thank you for noticing and appreciating my efforts.


    P.S. Please see the rest of my collection at

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