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A typewriter is a mechanical or electromechanical machine for typing characters similar to those produced by a printer's movable type. Typically, a typewriter has an array of keys , and each one causes a different single character to be produced on the paper, by means of a ribbon with dried ink struck against the paper by a type element similar to the sorts used in movable type letterpress printing. On some typewriters, a separate type element called a typebar corresponds to each key; others use a single type element such as a typeball or disc with a different portion of it used for each character.
This summer I bought my first typewriter since my college days. Even then, the typewriter that was now sitting in front of me was completely manual, while the one from college was the forerunner for a laptop. I called my teenage son into the room to see if he knew what to do with a typewriter. He stared at it for a moment and then looked for the power switch. He was completely baffled at the machine in front of him and was even too scared to touch it.
Typewriters can be manual entirely mechanical , electric using electricity to power mechanical functions or electronic electric with computer functions such as memory. However, all typewriters share some common parts. You press keys to print characters on your page. Several keys, such as the space bar, margin release and shift keys, have special functions. Generally, manual typewriters use inked cloth ribbons on spools, and electric typewriters use carbon cartridge ribbons. Surprisingly, both are still made.
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Typewriters Parts of a typewriter · PAPER REST: The older typewriters, especially, have ornate paper rests on the top back of the typewriter.
The invention of various kinds of machines was attempted in the 19th century. Most were large and cumbersome, some resembling pianos in size and shape. All were much slower to use than handwriting. Finally, in , the American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes read an article in the journal Scientific American describing a new British-invented machine and was inspired to construct what became the first practical typewriter. His second model, patented on June 23, , wrote at a speed far exceeding that of a pen.
Typewriters are mechanical — sometimes electromechanical — writing devices. They have various designs, but all have keys that you press to leave marks on a sheet of paper or similar medium. There have been many different types of typewriters during the history of the devices, from early dome-shaped models to more recent electric typewriters.