Clickety-clack – the rise and fall of the typewriter

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Not so very many years ago the clickety-clack of the typewriter was a common sound in offices all over the UK but when typewriters were first produced they were viewed with suspicion, seen as a way to undermine the written hand.

Where it all began

The invention of the typewriter as we remember it cannot be attributed to one person. It was developed by a number of inventors over a series of decades. Some historians estimate that the typing machine was invented 52 times before a workable design was commercially produced.

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