On This Day In History 6/23

Sholes typewriter

Sholes typewriter

1868: First practical typewriter patented.

Although Christopher Sholes’ invention was not the first typewriter, nor even the first to be patented, it was the first to be mass-produced — by the Remington Arms Company. (Insert sentiment here that if the pen is mightier than the sword, then the typewriter is mightier than the _____.)

usbtypewriter

I don’t know when the USBtypewriter was patented, however, when we find out I will mark that date, too, as a milestone in the history of impractical typewriters.