The National typewriter was patented in 1889 by Henry Harmon Unz and manufactured by the National Typewriter Company of Philadelphia. The National was unique in that a touch of the shift key would cause the entire keyboard to move forward and backward. The type basket, which was directly attached to the keyboard, would also move to its appropriate position. Features included upstroke type action with ribbon inking, a gracefully curved keyboard and decorative gold scroll work, reminiscent of the era.
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