How Did the Typewriter Change the World?

The typewriter changed the world by allowing for swifter communication in business, literature and politics, increasing the number of women in the office, offering higher-paying jobs and increasing manufacturing jobs. It represented a shift in technologies and organization.

Because the typewriter made document creation more efficient, it was quickly adopted by business managers. The typewriter opened up higher-paying stenographer and typist jobs for women in the 1880s as an alternative to factory positions. Typewriters increased accuracy in typing diplomatic documents. Authors also used them to write more quickly.

When Christopher Lathan Sholes, the creator of the first fully functional typewriter, sold his patent to E. Remington and Sons in 1873, the world of manufacturing met a new opportunity. Because the typewriter was complex, mass-production was necessary and new techniques were developed to create the typewriter’s small, interchangeable parts. This opened up more manufacturing jobs and revolutionized the manufacturing process.