The Victor is a beautiful Victorian typewriter with handsome decals... News PhotoAntique,Bizarre,Collection,Exclusive,History,Horizontal,Human Interest,Machinery,Typewriter,USAPhotographer Collection: Barcroft Media NEW YORK - UNDATED: EXCLUSIVE. Victor, Boston - 1889. The Victor is a beautiful Victorian typewriter with handsome decals showing the typewriter's name. This was the first typewriter to use a daisy wheel. The daisy wheel is made of thin brass, cut with narrow radial fingers for each character. It is positioned behind the, centrally located, vertical wheel. At the end of each finger is an embossed rubber character, which gets pushed towards the paper to print. The daisy wheel typewriter would be a common machine in the 1970s. Martin Howard was born in Durham, England in 1959. His father began collecting antique mechanical objects such as butter churns, seeders and medical implements when Martin was a child. Growing up in this environment gave Mr. Howard the desire to form his own collection of something old and mechanical. One day, in 1989, he spotted high upon a shelf in a cluttered junk shop, a very dusty but intriguing item. It turned out to be a Caligraph typewriter from the early 1880s. He was hooked. Mr. Howard has been a collector of the world's first typewriters (1880s & 1890s) ever since, and has amassed one of the most important collection of its kind in the world. The collection consists of 80 pieces and contains many rare and historically important machines. (Photo by USA / Getty Images)