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From The Cosmopolitan Shorthander (Toronto), April 1885 –

What is noteworthy about the typewriter in this cartoon is its size: very compact for a machine in 1885. Portables of this period were exclusively index machines, which were very portable but not very typeable.

Here’s a portable typewriter of the mid-1880s:

01 Jan 1886, Fri The Midland Journal (Rising Sun, Maryland) Newspapers.com

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  • Richard P February 10, 2023, 12:53 am

    Cool cartoon! I don’t think this was exactly a realistic depiction of a typewriter.

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