Samuel W. Francis Typewriter Patent Model


Samuel Ward Francis of New York, New York received patent number 18,504 on October 27, 1857 for this printing-machine patent model. The model has a light wooden frame with four piano keys, and a metal platen carriage system. Samuel Francis made several attempts at an early typewriter prototypes, and held several patents (see object ME*180060) for early printing machines. This patent was related to the circular arrangement of the type hammers that allowed them to strike in the same place. Additionally, the patent covered the paper carrier moving by spring and catch so that paper would move whenever a letter on the key has been struck allowing for a continuous printing line.

Date Made: 1857-10-271857Patent Date: 1857-10-27

Transfer: U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeMaker: Francis, Samuel Ward

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Place: United States: New York, New York City

See more items in: Work and Industry: Mechanisms, Typewriters, Computers & Business Machines


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: ME.251215Catalog Number: 251215Accession Number: 48865Patent Number: 18504

Object Name: patent model, typewriterObject Type: Patent ModelOther Terms: patent model, typewriter; typewriter; Manual

Physical Description: wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6 1/2 in x 12 in x 12 in; 16.51 cm x 30.48 cm x 30.48 cm


Record Id: nmah_850537

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