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Antique typewriters are a great way to connect with the past. If you enjoy learning about history, you may consider giving our site a visit. Learn about the history of the telephone, film or flight. Explore the fascinating history of technology and computers. Even learn a bit about photography history if that's your cup of tea.
--Alex Kennedy

A Brief History of Typewriters

....During the 18th & 19th centuries, many inventors tried to develop an accurate, inexpensive, and easy-to-use typewriter. Then, in 1867, three American inventors from Milwaukee succeeded. The first practical typewriter was patented in 1868 by Christopher L. Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and Samuel W. Soule.

....Sholes developed a greatly improved version of the typewriter, then joined with James Densmore to manufacture and sell the new machine. E. Remington and Sons, the gun manufacturer, bought the manufacturing rights from Sholes and Densmore in 1873.

....Once the Remington typewriter became popular, other firms began manufacturing similar machines. Portable typewriters hit the market in the early 1900s, and electric typewriters appeared in the 1920s.

....During the typewriter's heyday, manufacturers produced over 5,000 types of keyboards with specialized features such as letters and symbols for different languages, music symbols, or braille.

Antique Typewriter Collector's Web Site by Anthony Casillo This site is a treasure trove of information about typewriters and their history!

Special topics include:
Collecting antique typewriters
Typewriter Memory Lane, a pictorial gallery of early typewriters
Books and other information about early typewriters

For some good advice on how to ship a typewriter, visit Mike Campbell's Typewriter Packing and Shipping Tips

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007