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BLICKENSDERFER TELEPRINTER No 5, 1890

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BLICKENSDERFER TELEPRINTER No 5, 1890

This machine has been converted to a Teleprinter from the famous No5 machine, hence no keyboard. Instead are 5 solenoids with linkages to decode the 5 bit code into text. The whole machine is driven by a pulley connected to an electric motor (not present).
In 1891, George C. Blickensderfer (1850-1917) invented a small portable writing machine that featured the ability to change type styles at will. This unique design formed the basis of a typewriter manufacturing business that lasted almost thirty years.
The 5 was one of the first truly portable typewriters with a full keyboard.

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