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At 74 Chancery-lane, the premises of the   National Typewriter Exchange, in an upper     room, sits a lady in pince-nez and does   polyanth typewriting. To a representative     of the Pall Mall, who called to see how it is   all done, she gave the following explanation: - "It is an invention for illuminated type- writing. You see it is done by a double   ribbon. In the Remington the ribbon is   usually single ; here it is two colours, blue and red. It can be set so as to do the capitals in one colour and the ordinary letters in another, or else the whole can be done in one colour. Then there is another improvement. The ribbon goes all round in a complete   circle ; it is of different colours, and can be shifted round." And she began to turn a small handle whereby the printing came out successively blue red, and green and violet and yellow. "Do you know," she went on, "this was invented by an old gentleman of   80, who has been bedridden for five years. Here are some more of his inventions."

These were a hand-rest to fix on the front of     the typewriter, a double roll to hold paper     and gather it up after printing, and a very ingenious machine for unrolling the copy

two lines at a time, so as to make it impossible to lose the place, except by extraordinary ingenuity. "It is all wonderfully pretty and clever," said the P.M.B. "but will the variegated writing be   of much use?" "Oh yes ; especially for emphasing. You see lawyers are taking up typewriting now instead of engrossing; it   will be very useful for them. And then people like to write in colours for business   purposes." "Yes it certainly catches the   eye." Then she produced this specimen   illustration of the new method: - (In blue) Illuminated typewriting (change to red). This         recently patented process of embellishing type-written (grey) matter, yields beautiful       and most impressive effects ; (blue) the capitals, numerals, and prominent characters are producible (violet) in any contrasting, colour and any individual word or sentence (red) may be similarly emphasised. It is the rainbow dance of the typewriter.