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Thursday, 17 January 2013

On This Day in Typewriter History: The Lean Green Machine

PART 234
Now here's a wonderful opportunity for the Fallow Fields Writing Machine Manufacturing Company. (I know I keep saying that, but one day Peter Baker will make one, or Richard Polt will summons one up by "clicking a button, making Google Patents interact magically with a 3D printer, and have these inventions delivered to my home", a notion Peter described as a "succinct expression of the Fallow Fields business model".)
On this day (January 13) in 1891, Boonton, New Jersey, watchmaker John Jay Cisco Green was issued with a patent for this typewriter:
Green was born in Hanover, New York, in October 1850. He wrote of this idea: "In operating this machine, the keyboard is depressed against the strength of the springs until the striking-bar comes in contact with the type-disk; but only one type can come in contact with the said bar at a time, owing to the aperture or notch in the pressure-arm. When the keyboard is released, it is elevated or returned to its normal position by the said springs. The paper-roller is provided at one end with a knob, by which it may be rotated to form the spaces between the lines."

2 comments:

Scott Kernaghan said...

That's quite a fascinating design. There's so many interesting designs that I see on your page, that I wonder if some bored engineer is likely to attempt to actually create them, much like I've seen with some of Da Vinci's plans and ideas from his sketches.

notagain said...

Heck I would settle for an animated virtual model of some of these.
Oh and I always appreciate a shout-out. Fallow Fields wants to revive old plays, operas and books as well.