History Of The Typewriter

The history of the typewriter: the process of its invention, who invented it, and a little info on its use

Computers are more widespread than ever, and the typewriter seems ancient compared with the technology of today. Still, some insist on using the manual typewriter to avoid the glare of a computer screen or because it feels more natural.

E. Remington & Sons, a gunmaking group, was responsible for the first typewriter in 1874, but much occurred before it went on the market. In 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes used a telegraph instrument as the basis for the first typewriter.

He expanded on his creation by adding keys with which to type the alphabet.



Sholes sold the rights to the typewriter to James Densmore, who marketed the machine. Densmore turned the device over to Remington & Sons for production, and by 1874, the first typewriter--the Sholes & Glidden Type Writer (Carlos Glidden was an associate of Sholes)--was on the market. It sold weakly.

In 1878, however, Remington & Sons produced the No. 2 machine, and this typewriter soon became very popular. As far as writing and office work was concerned, the typewriter started a revolution, making menial tasks much easier.

Today, typewriter use continues to decline, as a large majority of people take to computers to type. However, collecting antique typewriters is a very popular hobby today, and some people still prefer using old-time typewriters for their work.

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