Homage to a Precursor
Once again, it's back to This
Day in History. This time for another significant advance in the technology
of the written/printed word: the typewriter. From This Day in History we
1829 - The first typewriter was patented this day, by
William Burt of Mt. Vernon, MI.
Numerous times in these columns I've confessed to my love affair with typewriters
(though I don't think that until now I've admitted that sometimes when
reading I find myself typing out the words I read on a virtual keyboard
in my head). So it's only fitting that if I've come across such a significant
date in the history of typewriters, I should give that date its due. Of
course that first typewriter was very different from those we know today
(or knew yesterday - let's admit it, most people who sit in front of computer
keyboards aren't familiar with manual typewriters at all), but it certainly
marked a start.
Actually, from that first typewriter until typewriting became popular
and truly useful, at least 70 years transpired, and numerous significant
changes took place in the machines themselves. A
fascinating article on the history of this important machine can be
found at the Mavis Beacon
Teaches Typing web site.
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