Williams No. 6 Typewriter

This is a Williams No. 6 typewriter that was manufactured by the Williams Typewriter Company of New York between 1904 and 1909. John N. Williams received patent number 501753 on July 18, 1893 for his type-writing machine invention. Prior to William’s design, most typewriters were blind-writing upstriking machines, forcing the typist to lift the platen to see their work. Williams’s design allowed for visible writing with an intriguing “grasshopper” typing mechanism. The typebars were arranged in two semi-circles around the platen and rested on an inking pad. When their key was struck, the typebar rose up and sprung forward to hit the paper, printing a visible line.
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Williams Typewriter Company
overall: 10 in x 16 1/2 in x 13 1/4 in; 25.4 cm x 41.91 cm x 33.655 cm
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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