Munson typewriter, a beauty from 1890


6 Responses to “Munson typewriter, a beauty from 1890”

  1. nixiebunny says:

    This is similar to the Teletype machine, with its 3 row keyboard and X-Y encoding of the character before typing it. 

  2. Jeff Rodman says:

    This is also similar to the IBM Selectric, which used a ball instead of a cylinder for interchangeable fonts.  I recall an online article on mechanical A-D converters not so long ago, showing how IBM used them to position the pitch and rotation for each key;  I’ll bet the Munson mechanism looks similar.

    • Eric Rucker says:

      The Blickensderfer typewriters are even more similar to the Selectric mechanism. (This moves the type drum side to side, and rotates it around the transverse axis, to change what character is selected. The Blickensderfers rotate the type drum around the vertical axis, and raise and lower the drum instead, compared to the Selectric rotating the type ball around the vertical axis, and tilting it around the transverse axis.)

  3. Dig I would love to have a modern keyboard fashioned after this! Justin Kresty County Cuyahoga 

  4. timquinn says:

    This is the one that kills by wrapping itself around your face and . . . never mind.

  5. Amelia_G says:

    Samuel Clemens? I would be so interested to find out which typewriters he invested in and why.

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