|SOME EARLY 'VISIBLE' MACHINES WERE LARGELY CONVENTIONAL BUT HAD ONE OR TWO FEATURES WHICH THE DESIGNERS THOUGHT DISTINCTIVE.
The Victor Standard seen here (David B. Davis collection) is one such machine. While the overall design is "in the pack" with many others of the day, subtle differences were included and promoted by the manufacturer. For starters, the machine prints higher on the platen than others of the day; this was said to further improve visibility in all ambient lighting conditions when compared with designs that printed exactly on the front of the platen. The ribbon vibrator is also different; it swings instead of rises, and this feature and the vertical path were said to be improvements on the conventional style. The decimal tabulator was also novel, with a very easy lever-type operator.
|The Reliance Visible seen here (David B. Davis collection) is one of a large family of machines that had a feature even more distinctive than the combination found on the Victor; the entire basket of type-bars and the keyboard come out of the frame as one unit, and are interchangeable in the frames as well. These units with different language keyboards were also sold separately at a lower price. If one ignores this feature, the machines are pretty straight-forward standard "visible" machines.
Both the Victor and the Reliance have interesting and somewhat complicated histories, and each brand is the subject of an extensive article on this website.