In 1868 the first successful and practical typewriter was made by Christopher Sholes with help from Carlos Glidden and Samuel W. Soule. Christopher Sholes worked as an apprentice to a printer, as a newspaper publisher, and politician. He began working on a machine to number pages and showed it to Glidden. Glidden sparked the idea that they would make it print letters too. Sholes looked at the Pterotyp which was a prototype to make the official typewriter.

When a typewriter's key is hit, a bar rises and hits a thin strip of carbon tape, this bar prints a letter, number, or symbol on the paper. A roll called a Platen supports the paper in the typewriter. When a key is hit the platen moves the paper to the left one space.

The typewriter was the start of all keyboards. It evolved into electronic typewriters and more hybrids were made. Your standard keyboard today came from the QWERTY model Sholes made.

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