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Boston

First year of production:
1888
Company:
Boston Typewriter Company , Boston , USA
Serial nr:
n.a.

This Boston index typewriter is not to be confused with the World typewriter that was marketed in some countries as the Boston. This is a very different machine, designed by a different engineer, D. Kempster, and infinitely more rare.

The Boston is a much more solidly built machine than most index typewriters of its day. It is a relatively large machine, twice as wide as the letter-sized paper it typed on. The width is the result of the fact that the carriage holding the paper is located between the two wooden boards and moves from right to left under the printing point in the middle of the machine.

The solid indicator that curves over the steel typewheel is pointed at the right character on the index and the entire top section of the machine is pushed down to print on the paper. Inking is done by a ribbon, the spools of which are located next to the typewheel on top of the machine.

It is unknown how many Boston typewriters were produced but it seems that production stopped within a year. Very few have survived.

Courtesy of: Breker collection