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Blickensderfer 7

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Blickensderfer Typewriter Company , Stamford, Conn , USA
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In 1891, George C. Blickensderfer (1850-1917) invented a small portable writing machine that featured the ability to change type styles at will. This unique design formed the basis of a typewriter manufacturing business that lasted almost thirty years.

The motion of the Blickesnderfer typewheel. 
Models 1, 2, & 3 apparently were made in very limited numbers because none have been found to date. The Model No. 5, introduced in 1893 at the Columbian Exposition, was manufactured for many years and sold primarily to price conscious buyers.

Read all about this typewriter in The Five-Pound Secretary - An illustrated history of the Blickensderfer typewriter. Available through our online bookshop. 

The Model 7, offered in 1897, became the deluxe version of the basic design. Both models evolved with time and were quite popular. This particular example was assembled in Britain and is known as the "London Blick".

Picture 5 shows an extremely rare variation: a gold-plated Blickensderfer 7. Picture 6 shows an almost equally rare version: the aluminum Blick 7. All Blickensderfer machines were offered in aluminium versions after 1906, but very few of these were produced.

The No. 7 was superceded by the Model 8 in 1908.

See the extensive special feature about the Blickensderfer in the book “Typewriter” on page 134.

Courtesy of: Robert collection