The typewriter sold for $100 in the early 1900's
Christopher Latham Sholes
Sholes moved to Milwaukee and became the editor of a newspaper. After the strike by compositors at his printing press, he tried building a machine for typesetting, but this was a failure and he quickly abandoned the idea. He arrived at the typewriter through a different route. His initial goal was to create a machine to number pages of a book, tickets and so on.
Why was the Typewriter useful
It was made to create clear, legible copy at a rate faster than most people can hand write. It was made for people that wrote more like people who work for the newspaper, reporters, and authors.
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." -Ernest Hemingway
Kleinsteuber's Machine Shop in Milwaukee Wisconsin