Typewriter, Victor "A", metal/rubber, Taylor & White (pat.) / Tilton Manufacturing Company, USA, 1889-1894
The Victor typewriter uses a daisy wheel with a horizontal, semicircular selector. The mechanisms are mounted on a sturdy cast iron base and paper is threaded through a rubber roller platen.
The type-wheel is mounted with its axis horizontal and consists of a thin metal disc of spring steel, divided into narrow radial fingers each of which carries one character, there being 80 in all. The disc is mounted against a serrated wheel, provided with 80 slots, a plunger being driven into the selected slot by the action of a trigger mechanism and so pressing the selected character against the platen.
Continuous inking is provided by two felt pads against which the characters rub when revolved. The desired character is selected by a lever, operated by the right hand, moving over the semicircular index extending over 180 degrees, the lever being attached to a bevel wheel, meshing with a bevel pinion attached to the disc, giving a 2:1 ratio whereby the disc revolves through a total of 360 degrees. The impression plunger is driven forward by a cam and trigger and has a screwed adjustment for varying the weight of the blow. The trigger can be independently operated for spacing without impression, but is normally operated by a key, used by the left hand, which provides impression and spacing, a further adjacent key providing word spacing.