--Empire Typewriter, 1894
The Empire Typewriter is one of three nearly-identical thrust action
machines based on the patents of Bostonian Wellington Parker Kidder. Kidder's
"Wellington" Typewriter was the American version, made and sold
in the USA. The Empire was made in Canada and sold there, in England and
many other parts of the world. The Adler Typewriter was made in Germany
under license from Kidder. Adler, of course, is still in business today.
Thrust action typewriters have type-bars that rest parallel to the table,
and slide directly forward to meet the platen.
Empire, Wellington and Adler Typewriters were very good machines, made in
great quantity. The survivors are easily available today.
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