Do you miss your Selectric?

BJ Bounds

Here’s a day worth remembering.  In 1829, 181 years ago today, William Austin Burt patented the “typographer,” better known as the typewriter. Typewriters have greatly improved since then.  Even now, if you can find them, they have auto-everything.  They don’t come close to the technical marvel that is the computer, though.

Burt’s first typewriter looked like this.  But that wasn’t the end of it.

Burt Typewriter

Soon after this invention, Christopher Latham Sholes developed and patented the first modern idea of a typewriter, the Remington.  His looked a little more recognizable, but to me it looks like an antique cash register.

Sholes Typewriter

Technology has come a long way since 1874, and I’m certainly grateful for it.  10th grade typing class was not as successful as I had hoped, and if not for spell-check and the backspace button, I’d probably be in a lot of trouble.

For those of you who don’t remember not being able to make corrections when typing (the horror!), or the mistake billboards (i.e. correction tape), or who don’t remember typewriters  at all—

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