World Typewriter

This World Typewriter was manufactured by the World Type Writer Company of Portland, Maine, between 1887 and 1893. The machine was invented by John Becker, and received patent number 350,717 on October 12th, 1886. The World was an index typewriter, meaning that the letters could be selected with the pointer, manipulated by the index finger, and imprinted with another key. The absence of the keyboard made the typewriter simpler to operate, but sacrificed speed and efficiency.
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overall: 3 1/4 in x 12 3/4 in x 13 1/4 in; 8.255 cm x 32.385 cm x 33.655 cm
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Computers & Business Machines
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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