Artifact Details


Typewriter printer

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Physical object


overall: 11 1/2 in x 18 1/2 in x 17 1/2 in


Object is a typewriter-style printer encased in a plywood box with a glass viewing window in the lid. Box is lined with foam sound insulation which is in good condition. Typewriter mechanism has 26 typebars, offering uppercase letters plus punctuation. A large roll of paper is in place which would have fed through the platen and exited through a slot in the lid, teletype-style. Back panel of box is a sheet of aluminum and the power supply circuits are mounted on this. Other circuits on PCBs can be seen inside. A very hefty drive motor drove the print mechanism. A very complex arrangement of cams and sector wheels on the left side presumably selected the type bar. A data cable with 18 pins is attached. No interior or exterior label is evident; no numbers or names to be seen. Although clearly of professional quality the device has an air of being a prototype or homebrew product.