Antique Writing Machine

By: chesshirecat

Aug 02 2010

Category: Uncategorized


The concept of a typewriter dates back at least to 1714, when Englishman Henry Mill filed a vaguely-worded patent for “an artificial machine or method for the impressing or transcribing of letters singly or progressively one after another.” But the first typewriter proven to have worked was built by the Italian Pellegrino Turri in 1808 for his blind friend Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzono (as established by Michael Adler in his excellent 1973 book The Writing Machine); unfortunately, we do not know what the machine looked like, but we do have specimens of letters written by the Countess on it

2 comments on “Antique Writing Machine”

  1. It is so rare to see a typewriter anymore!! I’ll have to remind TCRPMG to show this to his 9 year old daughter as it’s possible she’s never seen one!! LOL!

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