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This is a patent drawing of the World typewriter,Pat. No. 457088, August 4, 1891. The World Typewriter was another cheap alternative for the complicated writing machines that were on the market in the 1880s. Like the American and the Hall, the World (marketed in 1886) in fact used a rubber sheet to stamp the letters onto the paper.

Two models of this delightful typer were made, with small variations. The World 1 wrote capitals only. The World 2 wrote capitals and small letters.

The machine worked as simple as the other index writers. The user would point at a letter with the swinging index pointer and then stamp the letter onto the paper, using the keys over the platen on the left. This brought down the printing hammer onto the semi-circular rubber type sheet that was attached to the top of the index. An ink pad kept the type constantly inked.

Both the World 1 and the World 2 were sold in simple, but well made wooden cases, so they could be carried along or stored away easily.

(Left) A patent drawing of the World typewriter,
Pat. No. 457088, August 4, 1891.
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