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September 25, 2021

Before Computer: Vintage Photos of People From the Past With Their Typewriters

A typewriter is a mechanical or electromechanical machine for typing characters. Typically, a typewriter has an array of keys, and each one causes a different single character to be produced on paper by striking an inked ribbon selectively against the paper with a type element. At the end of the nineteenth century, the term ‘typewriter’ was also applied to a person who used such a device.

The first commercial typewriters were introduced in 1874, but did not become common in offices until after the mid-1880s. The typewriter quickly became an indispensable tool for practically all writing other than personal handwritten correspondence. It was widely used by professional writers, in offices, business correspondence in private homes, and by students preparing written assignments.

Typewriters were a standard fixture in most offices up to the 1980s. Thereafter, they began to be largely supplanted by personal computers running word processing software. Nevertheless, typewriters remain common in some parts of the world. The QWERTY keyboard layout, developed for typewriters in the 1870s, remains the standard for computer keyboards.

Before computer, here is a set of vintage photos that shows people from the past with their typewriters.



















































2 comments:

  1. i hope you know who the guy with the pipe is ...

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  2. Two of those are not typewriters: there's a computer input keyboard in the room with the computers, and some form of calculating machine in the 36th photo from the top.

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