• Sholes and Glidden
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    Sholes and Glidden typewriter

    The Sholes and Glidden typewriter was launched in 1874 and eventually became a huge commercial success. The first commercially available version of this machine is also known as the Remington No. 1, and it was to be followed by Remington No. 2 in 1878. For the first ten series, the writer could not see the text during typing, as the paper was hidden inside the machine. It would take until the launch of the Remington No. 10 in 1906 before a so-called “visible” Remington typewriter became available. Background The main designers of this typewriter was Christopher Latham Sholes, Samuel W. Soule and Carlos S. Glidden – all three based in…

  • Hansen Writing Ball
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    Hansen Writing Ball

    The Hansen Writing Ball is an early example of a typewriter. It was invented in Denmark in 1865, and both patented and put into production in 1870. It was not the first typewriter ever made, but it did become the first typewriter in commercial production. Notably, the Hansen Writing Ball was also the first typewriter where a user could produce text substantially faster than hand-writing. The Danish term for writing ball is skrivekugle. Can I buy a Hansen Writing Ball today? Yes, but they are not cheap. They have not been produced in a very long time, and very few have survived. At auctions, more or less intact Hansen Writing…