One could say the typewriter is the Victorian era’s version of today’s texting (something I have no intention of learning). The first useful version of this precursor to texting was patented by a Milwaukee, WI printer-publisher in 1867 named Christopher Sholes, with help from Carlos Glidden. This is whom I have to thank for a skill learned in high school, that to this day is still putting food on my families’ table and a roof over our heads.
Christopher Sholes licensed his patent for the first useful typewriter to Remington & Sons, a noted gun maker, in 1873 for $12,000. Remington perfected the typewriter design, then marketed it from 1874 – 1878.
Mark Twain was one of the first to purchase a Sholes & Glidden typewriter.
This week’s bit of trivia:
The least expensive typewriter, produced in the late 1800’s, cost $1.
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