Typing Through Time

Americana, Featured Article, History
on January 4, 2014
Faye Murman

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.