Hamilton Automatic Typewriter
- Patented 1887 -

Often referred to as the Hamilton Automatic, the Automatic Typewriter was patented by E.M. Hamilton of New York and placed on the market in 1888. It was provided with 48 keys and wrote in capital letters only.  Numbers and punctuation marks were also included.  It was manufactured almost entirely of brass and was remarkably small,  measuring only 11" wide x 8" deep x  4"  tall.  Inside its small chassis were miniature typebars of 1.5" in length and an inkpad inking system.  The spacebar was placed at the top of the keyboard and was inscribed with the word Automatic.   The Automatic was withdrawn from the market in 1891 when stockholders of the company refused to invest further and the factory was closed.  A very desirable and stunning object.  Few have survived. 

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