Circa 1890

Manufactured by Robert Ingersoll and one of the simplest of all typewriters, the Ingersoll consisted of little more than a set of type on blocks. These blocks were mounted on a curved metal rod, providing a means by which the type could be brought to the printing point. Paper is placed under a wooden guide on the base and the type could be inked by two circular ink pads, one on either side of the paper. The Ingersoll's problem of aligning the type without mechanical means may have been eased by typeface which measured nearly 3/8" tall.

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