I was born in the 1970’s and grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. I have always been intrigued with technology and how technology could make a positive impact in our lives.
Like many people, I was raised to believe that the future would be computers making everyone smarter. I believed that technology would make the world a much better place because we would all know how to use it better and because computers were so damn cool. Then I was given an electric typewriter and the first few things I typed were in a school paper.
Like most people raised to believe that technology would make the world a much better place because we would all know how to use it better, I was given a typewriter and the first few things I typed were in a school paper.
That same technological era that made our paper typewriters cool is when typewriters were first created. It was a technology that was revolutionary. This was the era where our paper typewriters were just a novelty and we didn’t realize that they were an important part of our lives. However, it’s also the era when typewriters were sold and made available to everyone.
Most people first learned to type when they were in elementary school. You might have heard of typing books and magazines. But the actual act of typing was done by an operator at a typewriter. There was no need to type a word, since you would have just copied what the other person was typing. Typewriters were designed to be used by a person who could type quickly, and they were cheap to make.
But soon a new form of typewriters was developed. The “word processor” was a new type of typewriter first developed by IBM in the early 1900s. These word processors were expensive. And when you read about the first “word processor” that came out, you might be surprised that it was an early IBM. And a machine with an even newer form of typewriter technology, the computer, which later was developed by a Japanese inventor.
There is one last key in the typewriter, and that is the speed at which it can be done. The IBM machine had a fairly slow speed, so it would take several minutes to write an entire page of text. The early typewriter had a higher speed, and its speed was adjustable. The computer had a faster speed, but it was expensive to make. So if you wanted to write a very fast letter using a very slow typewriter, you would have to wait several more minutes.
Like I said, the IBM machine had a much faster speed, but many of its early users abandoned the idea. The Japanese invented the typewriter with a higher speed, but that was too slow for the Japanese market. Today, the slowest typewriter today is about a full minute slower than the fastest typewriter.
The technology behind the typewriter was invented in Japan, and the technology behind today’s fastest typing is invented in the US.
For more information on how typewriters work, have a look at this page.