In the 1890s, the cost of a new, full-size typewriter was more than the average American earned in one month. Index typewriters were a simpler and more affordable alternative. Available at a fraction of the price and manufactured in a variety of designs, they were the earliest portable writing machines. The innovative wheel-index Victor typewriter printed from type attached to the ends of strips arranged in a daisy-wheel pattern, much like the IBM Wheelwriter a century later. Learn more about typewriters in our exhibition, "The Typewriter: An Innovation in Writing", post-security, in Terminal 2. http://bit.ly/Thetypewriter This image was posted on December 28, 2017.