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A look at the brief history of typewriters

A typewriter is a mechanical machine for typing. The first commercial typewriters were introduced in 1874 and quickly became an indispensable tool for all writing.

June 22, 2022 / 06:58 PM IST
Italian printmaker Francesco Rampazetto invented the scrittura tattile, a machine to impress letters in papers, in 1575. (Image: News18 Creative)
Italian printmaker Francesco Rampazetto invented the scrittura tattile, a machine to impress letters in papers, in 1575. (Image: News18 Creative)
In 1714, Henry Mill obtained a patent in Britain for a machine that appears to have been similar to a typewriter. (Image: News18 Creative)
In 1714, Henry Mill obtained a patent in Britain for a machine that appears to have been similar to a typewriter. (Image: News18 Creative)
Pellegrino Turri, an Italian inventor, invented a mechanical typing machine in early 19th century, one of the first typewriters for his blind friend Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano. (Image: News18 Creative)
Pellegrino Turri, an Italian inventor, invented a mechanical typing machine in early 19th century, one of the first typewriters for his blind friend Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano. (Image: News18 Creative)
In 1829, an American named William Austin Burt invented and patented typographer, a predecessor to the modern-day typewriter. (Image: News18 Creative)
In 1829, an American named William Austin Burt invented and patented typographer, a predecessor to the modern-day typewriter. (Image: News18 Creative)
First commercially sold typewriter known as Hansen Writing Ball was invented by Rasmus Malling-Hansen in 1865. (Image: News18 Creative)
First commercially sold typewriter known as Hansen Writing Ball was invented by Rasmus Malling-Hansen in 1865. (Image: News18 Creative)
In 1868, the first commercially made typewriters was patented by Christopher Latham Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and Samuel W. Soule. (Image: News18 Creative)
In 1868, the first commercially made typewriters was patented by Christopher Latham Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and Samuel W. Soule. (Image: News18 Creative)
In 1874, first commercially successful typewriter came in the market. (Image: News18 Creative)
In 1874, first commercially successful typewriter came in the market. (Image: News18 Creative)
The first documented appearance of the QWERTY layout came out in 1878. (Image: News18 Creative)
The first documented appearance of the QWERTY layout came out in 1878. (Image: News18 Creative)
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first published: Jun 22, 2022 06:58 pm
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