Ford Typewriter
- 1895 -

The Ford typewriter was invented by E.A. Ford and marketed by the Ford Typewriter Company of New York in 1895. The Ford's most distinguishing characteristic is its front shield, which covered the type mechanism and consisted of an ornate, copper striped, latticework design. Using a thrust action type and controlled by a three row, curved keyboard, the Ford also had the distinction of being one of the earliest typewriters manufactured in lightweight aluminum. Also in the offering, was a cast iron version, painted black. Despite many advanced features and the promise it offered, the Ford typewriter was a marketplace failure and quickly disappeared from the 1890's typewriter scene. Few were manufactured and even fewer have survived.

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