…the first tool was the typewriter, perfected in 1867. Thereafter, machines appeared that would reproduce large or small numbers of copies of typewritten texts and, later, texts or illustrations of every kind. Some of these machines rely on techniques very close to those of conventional printing; others turned to original…
The narrative grows out of the recollection of one who is the only person now living of those who composed the little group who watched the construction of the first typewriter from its first inception to its successful completion in the little machine shop in the city of Milwaukee during the late summer and fall of 1867. THE EARLY HISTORY OF ...
Typewriters were invented in 1867. In 1829, William Austin Burt patented a machine called the "Typowriter" which, in common with many other early machines, is listed as the "first typewriter."
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 in private homes.
The first American paten for what might be called a typewriter was granted to William Austin Burt, of Detroit, in 1829. However, the breakthrough came in 1867 when Christopher Latham Sholes of Milwaukee with the assistance of his friends Carlos Glidden and Samuel W. Soule invented their first typewriter.
In 1865, the first commercially sold typewriter known as Hansen Writing Ball was invented by Rasmus Malling-Hansen. However, the first typewriter to be successfully sold is known as the Sholes and Glidden typewriter and was invented in 1867 by Christopher Latham Sholes together with Samuel Soule and Carlos Glidden.
…in 1867, the American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes read an article in the journal Scientific American describing a new British-invented machine and was inspired to construct what became the first practical typewriter. His second model, patented on June 23, 1868, wrote at a speed far exceeding that of a pen.…
But it wasn’t until 1867 that Christopher Latham Sholes of Milwaukee invented the first typewriter, later sold and turned into the successful Remington typewriter. An improved prototype by ...
Christopher Latham Sholes (February 14, 1819 – February 17, 1890) was an American inventor who invented the QWERTY keyboard, and along with Samuel W. Soule, Carlos Glidden and John Pratt, has been contended as one of the inventors of the first typewriter in the United States. He was also a newspaper publisher and Wisconsin politician.
1 July 1874: the first commercial typewriter goes on sale On this day in 1874 the world's first commercially successful typewriter, the “Sholes & Glidden Type Writer”, went on sale.