Thomas Hall released his Index typewriter in 1881. Hall was the first successful index style typewriter released to the market. What would become the “standard keyboard” was still an odd new technology. This led to an influx of the less expensive index style writers. They were popular, until the keyboard firmly grabbed hold of the public and never let go. Typists soon mastered the keyboard and typing time was greatly reduced when compared to the move and click index machines.
In 1891, Thomas Hall attempted to adjust to the market and released the Century typewriter, but it was too late.