The Morris was a beautiful but unsuccessful index typewriter, designed by Robert Morris of Kansas City. The type was placed on a rubber sheet, placed under the index card. By moving the index pointer the correct character would be placed above the printing point.
By pushing the entire structure down, the character was printed on the paper. A very simple and elegant little machine, but it never made the charts of most popular writing machines of the day. Very few of these were sold. The machine is now extremely rare. — The Virtual Typewriter Museum
Read about the Morris in this Jan. 28, 1888 edition of Scientific American (for viewing or download): click here.
Read about the Morris at oz.Typewriter here: On This Day in Typewriter History: The Morris, Wichita’s Elusive Jewel.
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