Who invented the first typewriter?
Christopher Latham Sholes invented the first practical modern typewriter with his partners Soule and Glidden in 1866. The invention was patented in 1868, and was manufactured by Remington Arms Company in 1873.
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Before the computer, the typewriter may have been the most significant everyday business tool. After five years, and dozens of experiments later, Sholes and his associates produced an improved model, similar to today’s typewriters. The type-bar system, and the universal keyboard were the machine’s novelty, but the keys jammed easily. To solve the jamming problem, another business associate, James Densmore suggested splitting up keys for letters commonly used together to slow down typing. Thus the ‘QWERTY’ keyboard was formed.
The first electric typewriter was produced by the Blickensderfer Manufacturing Company. In 1944, IBM designed the first typewriter with proportional spacing.