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Posted 2 years ago


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The National typewriter has its type-bars hanging down in a semi-circle. There are two shift keys on the left side, uniquely moving the whole keyboard assembly forwards and backwards. To see what has been typed, one lifts up the hinged carriage.

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  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    typewriter, fill me/us in. When was the configuration of keys standardized as we know them today?
  2. typewritercollector typewritercollector, 2 years ago
    The QWERTY keyboard was on the first commercially successful typewriter called the Sholes and Glidden (Remington 1), which appeared on the market in 1874. Other keyboard layouts would follow but QWERTY was always the most popular. By the turn-of-the-century just about all keyboards had the QWERTY layout.
  3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Thanks T/W/C. You might not believe it, but I have wondered about that & why it was setup the way it is now. That would probably be interesting also but think I have that figured out. Really beautiful collection you have.
    I picked up a 21 yr old Swede girl a few years ago & she came in one day while I had out my typewriter & asked what it was. I explained & she said, "I've heard of them but never seen one". That's when I thought I was robbing the cradle! Actually, I find it easier & faster to fill-out forms than scanning, filling out & printing on my pc. Still keep my machine & use it several times a year.
  4. typewritercollector typewritercollector, 2 years ago
    Yes, I must be of the same generation, as last year a young boy saw my record turntable and asked what it was.

    The QWERTY keyboard layout emerged from the effort to rearrange the keys so that the type-bars, hanging down in a 360 degree configuration, would clash less. For example the 'T' and 'H' keys, which are often typed in quick succession, are hanging opposite each other to reduce this clashing together.


  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Very interesting T/W/C. Makes sense & now I know. Thanks.

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