From looks to technical design, there’s a story behind each typewriter. While the design for the typewriter has existed for several centuries, the first one proven to have worked was invented by the Italian Pellegrino Turri in 1808. The machine no longer exists and it isn’t even known exactly how it worked, the only proof of the typewriter is remnant letters written by it. Read more...
The first commercially sold typewriter was invented in 1868 by Americans Christopher Latham Sholes, Frank Haven Hall, Carlos Glidden and Samuel W. Soule in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was the first introduction of the QWERTY system that modern computers still use today. The keyboard was probably designed to separate frequently-used pairs of typebars so that the typebars would not clash and get stuck at the printing point.
Since then over 300 different patents followed as people tweaked the original design. As a result, manufacturers would make slight technical or layout changes in an attempt to skirt the hundreds of existing patents. For collectors this leaves a goldmine of unique designs, intricate technical aspects and rare models to search through and enjoy. Read less