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Blame the typewriter?

Do modern inventions supplant human labor? This question has been debated throughout the ages, including at the advent of the typewriter. Wrote one journal in defense of the invention, “New conditions are sure to arise from time to time, and it is useless to rail against them. Let the clerk who sees how rapidly the use of the typewriter is spreading, make himself competent to work the instrument. If he will not do so, the work will slip from his fingers into those of the wiser people who make it their business to qualify themselves to do the work which is expected of them.”

Of course, the question remains, at what point will machines finally supplant humans? The typewriter did not, but what about computers?

The Phonetic Journal, June 4, 1892 –

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World’s smallest typewriter?

The Chicago Chronicle, September 6, 1896 –

This report was featured in magazines and newspapers around the world. Does anyone know anything about this typewriter?

Another pocket-typewriter, the Taurus, was introduced around 1906. Read about it here.

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Fined for typewriting

Pitman’s Journal (Bath), March 30, 1907 –

The fine was quite substantial: 20 cents!

06 Apr 1907, Sat The Winnipeg Tribune (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) Newspapers.com

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Dissipating the halo of romance (1899)

The Phonetic Journal, March 18, 1899 –

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Jules Verne and the typewriter

Pitman’s Journal (Bath), June 10, 1905 –

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