How much can be said of the famous Blickensderfer Typewriter? This
wonderfully appealing single element machine was a mechanical marvel. A
press on the key spun the type-wheel into place, sending it in an arc down
to the platen, brushing past an ink roller on the way. The "Blick"
as it's also known, made its commercial debut at the Chicago World's Fair
of 1893. Full production began about 1895, with the No. 5 (earlier models
were apparently prototypes only) . Most common are models 5 & 7. Models
6,8,9 not uncommon, but not AS common as 5&7. Rarest Blick is the 1902
Electric. Wow. Just like the IBM Selectric... only 60 years EARLIER!
Blick 7 from Russo Collection
Blick Electric from Milwaukee Public Museum