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Read More About It

"Henry W. Ruby's Story of the Invention of the Typewriter" by Henry Ruby

"Wisconsin Blue Book," 1958


Vocabulary:

practical
patented
rights


Interesting Fact:

Mark Twain was among the first users of the typewriter.


Study Questions:

  • How was the term "typewriter" chosen for this invention?
  • Explain how Sholes invention worked.
  • Why did Sholes arrange the letters on the keyboard the way he did?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Christopher Sholes:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


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    1931: Wiley Post and Harold Gatty take off from New York on the first around-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.



  • June 23

    June 23, 1868: The first practical typewriter was patented by Christopher L. Sholes, a Wisconsin newspaperman and politician. With his partner, James Dinsmore, Sholes turned over the rights to the typewriter to the Remington Arms Co., which then produced the world's first office machine in 1873.


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