Mighty purty typewriter

by Sally J.

in Free Articles / Blog, Uncategorized

The Wisconsin Historical Society is celebrating the first mass produced typewriter. There’s a wonderful five-minute read on their website. It also includes links to more information.

Highlights include:

  • Bigger, juicier photos. This beautiful antique makes my iPod look cold, lifeless and dead. And I lurrrve my iPod.
  • It wasn’t the inventor who licensed the technology rights to Remington Co…it was his business partner. Seems the inventor was a little short on cash in the 1870s and sold away his rights. Ouch.
  • One of the first things Mark Twain ever typed, which includes the following: “…only practici?ng ti get the hang of the thing.” I kid you not.

Read it here.

P.S. I am now dreaming of a Victorian steampunk computer. Someone’s already transformed a 1924 Underwood No. 5 typewriter into a computer, so I figure it’s possible.

Photo Credit: Wisconsin Historical Society

Sally J. April 9, 2007 at 1:25 am

Sounds great, Gary. Send pictures, m’kay?

Gary Roberts April 2, 2007 at 9:02 pm

Wonderful! Now I know what to do with that 1930’s reporter style Underwood in my basement. But sorry… I can’t touch the 1918 glass side model. Time to tear down that old Compaq and turn it into a brand spankin’ new/old typecompwriterthingy.

PS.. love your blog

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