The Typewriter

The Inventor

Christopher Sholes was not the first person to invent a typewriter, but he was the first one to make it commercially successful. On June 23 and July 14, 1868, Sholes and his friend, Glidden, received patents for this new typewriter. The typewriter originally had the keys in alphabetical order. Since the look-a-like letters were close to each other, it was hard to type. Sholes and his team changed the letters around so that the look-a-like letters were spread out across the typewriter. This is called the QWERTY keyboard.

How does it work?

The typewriter works basically like a normal computer keyboard in the QWERTY format. The typewriter takes longer to type since the keys get stuck when they are typed too fast. If you ever use a typewriter, remember to type slow and watch which letter you type, because there's no delete button.

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