International
 
by Lucien Crandall
Patented 1889

This International typewriter was patented by typewriter pioneer Lucien Crandall in 1889.   Nickel plated and featuring a decorative cloud cutout design on its sides and rear, the International had a look that could have been fit for royalty.  A massive writing instrument that included a double keyboard, understrike typing and a ribbon that traveled both horizontally as well as vertically, the International and its cousin, the Crandall, were said to have led to the invention of more swear-words than all other typewriters combined.  Needless to say, the International was a failure in the marketplace and few were made.


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