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the alexis: a homebrew typewriter from 1890

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the alexis: a homebrew typewriter from 1890

martin from antique typewriters writes, "the alexis typewriter is the result of a small town inventor with the desire to design and manufacture his own typewriter. james a. wallace (1845 - 1906) was born in alexis, illinois (pop. 900) where he is now buried. he was a dynamic man with various occupations including bicycle repair, writer, and photographer (see his portrait below). he was also an avid musician. the alexis is a superb example of a unique typewriter from the 'wild west' of typewriters during the 1880s & 1890s when all sorts of ingenious designs came forth. some ideas were better than others though and there were many successes and failures." (more…)