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Published on Sep 10, 2013
A first video look at the Visigraph - a very scarce standard typewriter that's 100 years old. Thirteen of these, plus one related Federal, are in either the hands of collectors or museums known to me right now. The Visigraph was built roughly from the start of 1913 through perhaps early 1917; only about 4,000 appear to have been made, judging by the serial numbers of known surviving machines.
We've been working on machines like this for many years, and it's safe to say that this machine incorporates a fascinating combination of good and bad design points -- some of which are quite bad indeed. As I say in the video it's clearer the longer I work with this machine why only about 4,000 were made.