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These seemingly quaint typewriters were not junk toys. Originally meant to be an inexpensive alternative to the office machines of the day, they could not compete when typewriters became affordable. The first Simplex was a lovely thing, but over time they became variations on a simple design, employing a metal framework and a flat, circular dial. The dial included rubber letters and characters, sometimes all upper case, sometimes upper and lower. As the dial was rotated, the rubber letters passed against an ink roller. The user simply turned the dial until the desired letter was at the printing point, then pressed down on the dial. As the letter left its impression on the paper, the whole dial mechanism advanced one space. When the end of the line was reached, the dial would be lifted and slid back to the beginning position and the typist manually advanced the page a line using the rollers. With care, the result could be presentable, but the amount of time it took and the care required made the effort a challenge indeed.

Simplex Special 1, all caps, very worn green metal carriage, on light color, varnish stained wooden base. Two rubber paper feed rollers and two carriage twirlers. The small dial has a green inner ring. The logo plate is a red background with a green logo banner with vintage style white serif text reading Simplex Typewriter, and a white number one below it in a solid black oval. Paper feeds from rear up under the dial and out the back under the paper bail. The carriage advances along a series of raised track guides with each press of the index's rubber characters. Simplex Special Demonstrated Model B Typewriter, all caps, green metal body with red metal paper feed assembly attached. The base is a dark stained wood. Two rubber paper feed rollers and two carriage twirlers. The large green dial has a black inner ring around the logo plate. The logo plate has a red ring with the words SIMPLEX TYPEWRITER in sans serif caps. Inside the red ring, centered against a white circle, are the words SPECIAL DEMONSTRATED MODEL B. All the text is sans serif except the B, which is black and in caps. The much larger B is a large, bold, black serif B.
Simplex Special Demonstrated Model C Typewriter, upper and lower case with figs on a large dial. The body and paper feed assembly are painted green. There are two rubber paper feed rollers and two carriage twirlers. The large green dial has a wide, black inner ring around the logo plate. The logo plate has a red ring with the words SIMPLEX TYPEWRITER in sans serif caps. Inside the red ring, centered against a white circle, are the words SPECIAL DEMONSTRATED MODEL C. All the text is sans serif except the C, which is black and in caps. The much larger B is a large, bold, black serif B. Simplex The Practical Typewriter Number 2. Depressing the dial moves the carriage one space. The dial is large, edged in black, with a beige center and large black lettering. There is a starburst in the middle of the dial. All upper and lower case letters are present, as well as numbers and figures. The wooden base is stained a thin red, allowing the grain to show through.
Simplex Special Demonstrated Model A. Small dial with caps and numbers. The metal base is red, the metal body is orange, the paper bail is red with two twirlers and two knobs. The green dial has a bright green inner ring surrounding the logo plate. The logo plate has a red circle with black-edged, large white letters reading Simplex Typewriter. Inside the red circle, against a white background, are the words, Special Demonstrated Model A. The type is sans serif but for the A, which is large, bold, and serif. It will take some doing to describe this Simplex, which I have called the pizza since first seeing it. It is a metal machine on a wood base stained dark red. The index disk is large and designed to look like it is see-through to the keys beneath it. The toy is pained in red, white and green, with a broad horizontal band of red across the top, white in the middle with the faux keys, and the green metal parts are dark green - rather like the flag of Italy. Or Mexico. But I choose Italy and call it the pizza. The disk is a tan circle with red upper case letters and figures.
Simplex 8 Simplex 9
Simplex 7 Simplex 1
Simplex 4 Simplex, The New Simplex 1, Antique Style UC WP Red and Unpainted.
Simplex 2 Antique Style WULC Black. Simplex 2 WULC Black
Simplex Special 1909 Model 1 WUC Green Black. Simplex Special Demonstrated Model D MPULC Red and Blue.

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