The Lambert typewriter is on display in the Gentleman’s Study of the Nash house. This one-of-a-kind design was developed by Frank (born Francois) Lambert over a period of 17 years. Although it looks like a label maker or index machine, the Lambert is a keyboard typewriter. The circular keyboard is connected directly to a type disk that contains all characters. Upon depression of a key, the disk swivels to the right position descends, and prints through an opening in the ink pad onto a printing surface the size of a lentil. The paper curls up around a wooden roller as typing continues. The end of a line is signaled when a small upright spring attached to the carriage flicks against a ball bearing, which then rolls through a tube to hit a bell. The odd little device was advertised as suitable “for almost everybody.” You might think it would be extremely rare, but in fact, the Lambert was moderately successful. Model 3 was produced between 1902- 1904.
(To watch a video of a Lambert Typewriter being used go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg7yIm0m7_g&feature=youtu.be)
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