First daisy-wheel typewriter, 1889


12 Responses to “First daisy-wheel typewriter, 1889”

  1. dragonfrog says:

    That is one odd (keyboard? letterwheel?) layout – the upper and lower case letters are in almost but not quite the same order.  There is presumably some logic to it, but I’ll be darned if it’s obvious to me…

    • Glen Able says:

      I can make some sense of it.  Clearly, lower-case letters are the most used and should be in a single group.  The most used letters are in the middle of that group (the t,h,e,r,o,i,a,n part) with the others on either side.

      Upper-case letters will be accessed less frequently, mostly just for the initial letter of a sentence (unless you’re using it to post comments on youtube). “T” is the most commonly used first letter, rather than “e”.  So I get why “T” would be rightmost in the upper-case section, but that’s the point where I get stuck – why is “J” is the next most accessible letter (unless you were typing people’s names a lot?)

      • The capitals follow the same sequence as the lowercase, but in reverse, apart from a few exceptions, like T, C, S, P

        • martinhoward says:

          Thanks for your careful analysis of the Victor’s character arrangement. There is no mention of the Victor’s ‘keyboard’ layout in my books or its manual. The general logic of this layout is apparent then but as you convey, J jumps out.

          If you would like to see other unusual typewriters, please visit my website and you will see many intriguing designs.

          Martin Howard (the collector)

  2. robcat2075 says:

    The wpm on that must have been slow but i like the font and twinkles on “Victor Type Writer”

  3. zarray says:

    still better than typing T9

  4. timquinn says:

    Must be the inspiration for the new Zune Tablet. 

  5. Frank Diekman says:

    How do you get porn on it?

  6. Amorette says:

    If old typewriters strike your fancy as they do mine, THIS is the place to go.  There were many variation of “index” typewriters, as this is, and many variants of the keyboard before we settled on the crappy QWERTY.

  7. RedShirt77 says:

    Typewriters are such beautiful machines.

  8. Rosin Ffield says:

    Hell, this looks like mechanised Ouija Board -hahaha!

    ps. in the end, many people type with a single finger on each side anyways :P

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