Early Office Museum
McCann Megagraph, 1898
The McCann Megagraph Co. advertised this
machine as The Largest Typewriter in the World.
"Stands 6 feet high, is 5
feet 10 inches long and 40 inches wide. It weighs about 400 lbs. The
Megagraph, like the typewriter, sets its own type at one and the same operation
of printing, doing its work in a manner equal to letter press printing.
For displayed printing, on paper or cardboard, every man is his own printer. For
years the enterprising business public has felt the need of some device whereby
bulletins, price lists and other matter printed in large type could be produced
with neatness and dispatch. What the typewriter has done in the domain of
correspondence, that the Megagraph is destined to do in the realm of bulletin
advertising. With the advent of the Megagraph will disappear the
ungraceful, badly aligned, unevenly spaced and generally hideous brush or hand
printed bulletin work which now so frequently disfigures our public
thoroughfares. The field is ready for 8000 newspaper bulletin alone."
For further information:
G. C. Marnes, The History of the Typewriter, which discusses the McCann Megagraph, p. 281.
D.P. Post, Collector's Guide to Antique Typewriters, 1981, which refers to the McCann Megagraph.
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