THE BLICK 1
Or is it the 3?
These two patents came a little more than a month after two others had been granted to Blickensderfer.
While, in each case, it is difficult to know whether the designs were intended for the much-vaunted Blick 1 or the Blick 3, or perhaps for both, it subsequently became apparent that Blickensderfer was also working on a portable during this same period.
By April 1892, the machine that was to become the Blick 5 a year later had fully emerged.
Paul Robert and Robert Blickensderfer wrote in The Five-Pound Secretary: An Illustrated History of the Blickensderfer Typewriter (2003) that the patents of August-September 1891 represented "the typewriter which would lead to [Blickensderfer's] commercial breakthrough."
They called the Blickensderfer typewriter taking shape at that time "a mechanical marvel that took typewriter engineering to new heights." The Blick 1 was to be a "machine of mythical proportions".
The Five-Pound Secretary: An Illustrated History of the Blickensderfer Typewriter
Published by The Virtual Typewriter Museum (2003)
While that may well have been so, it was the portable Blick 5 which, at the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893, so completely overshadowed the Blick 1 in terms of advance orders, the Blick 1 never went into full production. What's more, there does not appear to have even been a prototype of the Blick 3 made.
Ah, the Blick 1, the Blick 3 ..... it's a collector's dream to unearth one of those prototypes someday. Maybe!
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