The First Daisy Wheel Typewriter Is Retina MacBook Pro's Great Great Great Great Great-AncestorS

Manufactured in 1889, the Victor was the first typewriter to use a daisy wheel, a feature that would later become common in the design of 1980s typewriters.

The daisy wheel is made of thin brass and cut with skinny radial fingers, each of which is capped with an embossed rubber character, like a rubber stamp.

To operate the Victor one puts the tip of ones index finger in the little cup at the end of the pointer, then swings the pointer up to a full 180 degrees to select the characters. The pointer is connected by a gear to the central vertical wheel that holds the daisy wheel. As the pointer swings, the daisy wheel rotates into position. A spring-loaded hammer then pushes the brass finger in the daisy wheel against the paper.

In its day, the Victor sold for $15—roughly the equivalent of $375 today. [AntiqueTypewriters via BoingBoing]