June 23: Happy birthday, Sholes Typewriter!

June 23, 2013

And so it came to pass that on June 23, 1868, the U.S. Patent Office in the Department of Commerce issued a patent to Messrs. “Sholes, Glidden & Soule” for a “Type-Writer.”

Drawing for a Typewriter, 06/23/1868 (ARC Identifier: 595503); Patented Case Files, 1836 - 1956; Records of the Patent and Trademark Office; Record Group 241; National Archives.

From the U.S. National Archives Administration: Dated June 23, 1868, this is the printed patent drawing for a “Type-Writer” invented by Christopher L. Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and J. W. Soule. Drawing for a Typewriter, 06/23/1868 Drawing for a Typewriter, 06/23/1868 (ARC Identifier: 595503); Patented Case Files, 1836 – 1956; Records of the Patent and Trademark Office; Record Group 241; National Archives.

With a keyboard a lot like a piano, this 1868 invention looks a lot more like the typewriters we know and love than William Burt’s 1829 “typographer.”

Amazing how much this stuff has changed in 150 years, isn’t it?

Tip of the old scrub brush to Jude Crook:

More:

Sholes typewriter, 1873. Museum, Buffalo and E...

Five years after this patent, Mr. Sholes offered this machine for sale, in 1873. Museum, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (the history society founded by former President Millard Fillmore, incidentally) Wikipedia photo


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