VIDEO: The Invention of the Typewriter

National Association of Scholars

The typewriter is the foundation of modern clerical and office work. In its heyday, it was used by millions of people, and it transformed the way we wrote.

How was the typewriter created? Who thought up the initial design, and how has that endured through to today's modern computer keyboards?

This webinar features Richard Polt, Professor of Philosophy at Xavier University and author of The Typewriter Revolution: A Typist's Companion for the 21st Century; Paul Robert, co-author of Typewriter: A Celebration of the Ultimate Writing Machine, and editor of "ETCetera" and "The Virtual Typewriter Museum"; and Peter Weil, co-author of Typewriter: A Celebration of the Ultimate Writing Machine. You may also find links to the speakers' books by clicking here.

Photo by unknown // The Engineer, 1872-08-02. page 69 // Public Domain //

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