In the 1910s, a unique typewriter was introduced called a Oliver Visible typewriter. It was a downstrike model that was sold into the the 1920s and 30s. It included the typebar machines printing through a ribbon, using one shift key and four banks of keys.
Timeline. This timeline lists only machines that are part of the collection of the Virtual Typewriter Museum. As the virtual museum grows, so will the timeline. Click your mouse on the knob in the slide in the navigation bar and pull it up or down to display a list of typewriters appearing in that year.
The first electric typewriter was the Blickensderfer. In 1944, IBM designs the first typewriter with proportional spacing. Pellegrine Tarri made an early typewriter that worked in 1801 and invented carbon paper in 1808. In 1829, William Austin Burt invents the typographer, a predecessor to the typewriter.
The History of Typewriters Where would we be without the invention of the typewriter and the QWERTY keyboard? 1868-05-15 00:00:00 ... Edit this timeline. Enter your name and the secret word given to you by the timeline's owner. 3-40 true Name must be at least three characters.
Video on the history of typewriters and how they operate. The first commercial typewriters were introduced in 1874, but did not become common in offices until after the mid-1880s. The typewriter quickly became an indispensable tool for practically all writing other than personal handwritten correspondence. It was widely used by professional writers, in offices, and for business correspondence ...
1878- First typewriter contest in which Frank McGurrin typed the fastest 1880-Second typewriter appears on the market 1881-Single Type elements produced (one set of letters, not one for upper and one for lower case letters) 1891- First typewriter where a typist could see what they were typing 1900- Portable typewriters went on the market
A timeline history of the IBM Typewriter with old ads to show what the machines looked like. Click on the thumbnail to see an enlargement of that ad.
The idea for the modern typewriter was first introduced by Christopher Latham Sholes. His prototype was based on the telegraph key model, wich had a piece of printer's type mounted on a rod, facing upward to strike against a plate of glass. The type left an impression on a piece of paper attatched to the plate, coining the term "type" writer.
Index typewriters survived into the 20th century as children's toys; one commonly found example is the "Dial" typewriter made by Marx Toys in the 1920s and 30s. Much more could be said about the hundreds of makes of early typewriters -- and I do in Chapter 2 of my book.
This timeline shows the journey of the first 1800s typewriter all the way up to our present modern keyboards.