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The Morris in 1888 Scientific American

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Morris Typewriter

General view of the Morris typewriter from the Jan. 28, 1888, Scientific American.

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.

© 2013, Mark Adams. All rights reserved.

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  • Robert Messenger December 19, 2013, 9:00 am

    Hi Mark. I posted on the Morris in January (http://oztypewriter.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/on-this-day-in-typewriter-history_14.html). I don’t know how the Kansas City claim came about, but Morris was from Witchita.

    • Mark Adams December 19, 2013, 4:41 pm

      I suppose the article might be speaking of Wichita, Kansas, which, for whatever reason, reminds me of this scene from All the President’s Men:

      Bob: Wichita, Kansas?

      Carl: He said, “that’s a bullsh*t question, Woodward.”

      Bob: I know what he said, but i’m from Wheaton, Illinois.

      I’ve noticed that these Scientific American articles fall short of modern journalistic standards, often failing to provide key information (information, at least, that historians would like to know). I note that this 1888 article fails to mention that the inventor had died already.

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