The invention of the typewriter is attributed to several inventors, including Henry Mill's concept typewriter of 1714, Rasmus Malling-Hansen's writing ball of 1870 and Christopher Latham Sholes' successful American typewriter of 1868. Sholes' design is the basis for the modern typewriter.Continue Reading
In 1714, Mill, an English engineer, obtained a patent for a machine for transcribing letters. In 1808, the first functional typewriter was made by Pellegrino Turri. In 1829, the first American patent for a primitive typewriter was given to William Burt. Malling-Hansen's invention of the writing ball in 1870 was another successful version of the typewriter. It was a sphere covered in keys.
However, Latham Sholes' design in 1868 was much more successful, debuting on the American market in 1874. It was called the Remington and was constructed with circular glass, part of a table, piano wire and carbon paper.Learn more about Inventions
At the peak of its popularity, the typewriter had a revolutionizing impact on communications, as well as on the social liberation of women. Since the typewriter so effectively opened up secretarial employment opportunities for women, the man credited with its initial mass-production was once hailed as a "savior of women."Full Answer >
The main difference between the first commercially sold typewriter (the Sholes & Glidden model) and the Remington 2 is that the Sholes & Glidden typed only in uppercase, while the Remington 2 typed in both lowercase and uppercase. There were also decorative panels enclosing the Sholes & Glidden machine that weren't featured on the Remington 2.Full Answer >
There were many great new inventions in the late 1800s, including the telephone, the escalator, the motion picture, the typewriter and certain vaccines. There were so many new technologies invented that U.S. patents increased from 30,000 to 640,167 by the 1900s.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >