PART 234Now 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."