In 1891, George Blickensderfer invented a small portable writing machine that featured the ability to change the type styles at will. This unique design formed the basis of a typewriter manufacturing business that lasted almost 30 years!
Source: The Virtual Typewriter Museum
The Blickensderfer No. 7 saw its first production date in 1897 and became the deluxe version of the basic design. The No. 7 model was superseded in 1908 by the No. 8 model. Our Blickensderfer is a 1901 No. 7 with a DHIATENSOR or “Scientific” keyboard design. This keyboard design was believed to be more efficient than the QWERTY keyboard. Later, Blickensderfer produced typewriters with a QWERTY keyboard and so buyers of this device were required to sign a form stating that the buyer knows he chooses the inefficient keyboard type.
The Blickensderfer was a very popular typewriter in the early days, weighing only 5 pounds compared with a Remington of the same era that weighed 45 pounds. The most appealing advantage to the Blickensderfer was the cost of only $39.00 while a Remington cost $100.00, that’s more than it would cost to buy a new buggy!