Hall Index Typewriter

Hall Index Typewriter

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Description
The Hall Typewriter was manufactured by the Hall Typewriter Company of New York, New York, beginning in 1881. Thomas Hall was awarded patent number 238,387 on March 1, 1881 for his Type Writer design. This is the New York variant of the Hall index typewriter. The company moved from New York to Salem in 1887, then Boston in 1889, and continued to produce a similar model in those locations. Index typewriters have no keyboard—the characters are selected by a pointer system. In the Hall index typewriter each hole on the grid corresponds to a character, pushing the key through the hole imprints the letter on the page and shifts the page over one space.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Typewriter
Other Terms
Typewriter; Manual
maker
Hall Typewriter Co.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Measurements
overall: 3 1/4 in x 15 1/2 in x 9 in; 8.255 cm x 39.37 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
ME.214106
catalog number
214106
accession number
38759
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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