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Happy Birthday, U.S. Patent No. 79265!

Written on: June 23rd, 2009 by: in News

A blog that is mostly about books can hardly let the birthday of the typewriter go unremarked!
“Christopher Latham Sholes’ machine was not the first typewriter. It wasn’t even the first typewriter to receive a patent. But it was the first typewriter to have actual practical value for the individual, so it became the first machine to be mass-produced…After receiving his patent, Sholes licensed it to Remington & Sons, the famous gunmaker. The first commercial typewriter, the Remington Model 1, hit the shelves in 1873.”