Typewriters: Iconic Machines from the Golden Age of Mechanical Writing

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From the creation of the QWERTY keyboard to the world's first portable typing machine, this handsome collection is a visual homage to the golden age of the typewriter. From the world's first commercially successful typewriter—the Sholes & Glidden Type Writer of 1874—to the iconic electric models of the 1960s, eighty vintage devices are profiled in elegant photographs and fascinating text that highlights the design modifications, intricate details, and peculiar quirks that make each typewriter unique. From functional advances like noiseless machines to luxurious details such as mahogany covers and inlaid mother-of-pearl, a century of design innovation and experimentation is charted in these pages. Packed with visuals and rich with history, Typewriters is the essential story of a writing invention that changed the world.

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There was a time, not long ago, before personal computers, when a small mechanical device was the primary means for creating written documents and correspondence.  It was developed to help people become more productive and was so successful that it dominated desktops in businesses, schools and homes throughout the world for over a century.  It began life as a relatively simple instrument powered by human force and shortly thereafter by electric power.  In its heyday, a global industry existed to support its design, manufacture, sales and service.  It became indispensable as a tool for modern business yet, almost overnight and unceremoniously, it became obsolete and the victim of a new technology, again promising to help people become more productive.   It was called the typewriter and as several generations came to know it as a staple item, another generation has now come of age without ever having used one.  The obituary for the typewriter has been written many times over the past two decades, however, for many reasons; it refuses to give up without a fight.  What you will experience in "TYPEWRITERS" is my story of the golden age of mechanical writing.   Each photo is one of a typewriter that was found, rescued and preserved for prosperity.   All were worthy of investing my time and energy to add to my collection and include in this publication.

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In 1874, the Remington Company forever changed the course of history when it introduced the world's first commercially successful typewriter.  The benefits of the type­writer were immeasurable--for the first time, a desktop device could produce documents faster than a person could pen them by hand--and demand for the machines grew quickly. In the century that fol­lowed, inventors and manufacturers from all over the world raced to build their own versions of these wildly popular machines.  Eighty of these most remarkable mechanical devices are presented here in magnifi­cent photographs, alongside detailed text telling the fascinating stories of their inventors, design breakthroughs, and spe­cial features. From functional advances like noiseless and portable machines, to luxurious details like mahogany covers and inlaid mother-of-pearl, these pages take you on a journey through the rich history of the typewriter.  With informative text by typewriter expert and long-time collector Anthony Casillo, striking nostalgic photographs by Bruce Curtis, and a charming fore­word by typewriter enthusiast Tom Hanks, Typewriters: Iconic Machines from the Golden Age of Mechanical Writing is an ode to an extraordinary chapter in the history of the written word.

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