From the 1700s to the 1980s, typing machines have come a long way.
Although writing machines were invented in the early 1700s, the first practical typewriter was patented in 1868.
Working in a machine shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Christopher Latham Sholes and his colleagues perfected the typewriter and arranged the lettered keys as they are today.
In 1874, E. Remington & Sons, a firearms and sewing machine manufacturer in Ilion, New York, began producing Sholes & Glidden typewriters.
In the 1980s, computers with memories and editing capabilities began to replace the typewriter.
New York mechanic repairs and services dozens of old-fashioned typewriters each month.