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Jack’s plan

Two boys at a telegraph (not a typewriter) in an 1893 issue of Harper’s Young People, from the story “Bill and I.”

Harper’s Young People (New York), February 29, 1893 –

“Like it was a piano and they were tunes” has poetic quality!

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The “writer,” a name that didn’t stick

The following description, published only two years after the introduction of the Sholes & Glidden “Type Writer,” is mostly boilerplate, but it does include one interesting nugget: the author ends, calling the machine a “writer.” This is a name that ultimately did not stick.

The Courier and Argus (Scotland), April 5, 1876 –

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A typewriter’s useful dog (1894)

Marshall County Democrat (Lacon, Illinois), September 27, 1894 –

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Whittled a wooden typewriter (1889)

You can read about Peter Mitterhofer’s typewriter here (a reproduction is pictured above), but how about Lewis O. Fjærli’s wooden construction:

The Cambridge Transcript (Cambridge, Vermont), April 24, 1889 –

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Cheap machines sold at a premium (1886)

Basically a toy, the Ingersoll Typewriter sold for between $1 and $2.

Apparently, someone made a lot of money selling this junk machine…

Lancaster Teller (Lancaster, Wisconsin), May 13, 1886 –

Read the full article here.

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