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WHO INVENTED THE MACHINE TO WRITE?

Until the end of the 1980s, the typewriter was the most widespread tool for writing texts in good copy. Today it no longer exists, it has been overtaken by computers, tablets and smartphones, that is by … emails! But who invented the typewriter? And when? And, above all, is it called “to write” or “to write”? Find out with us!


In the nineteenth century many people tried to grab the primacy of having invented the typewriter, the tool that put anyone in a position to write well (as well as to do it much faster). But it seems that the Italian Giuseppe Ravizza was the first to have invented the typewriter.

In 1846 Ravizza made a first attempt with humanitarian purposes: this machine, in its intentions, was intended to ensure that even the blind could write. Ravizza chose to give it a name of her own: scribe harpsichord, due to its resemblance to the musical instrument. Before him another Italian, Agostino Fantoni, created his typewriter version in 1802.

It is estimated that at least 52 inventors created different types of typewriters in different places, times and ways, independently of each other.

Until 1868, however, no one could market a typewriter model. The credit for selling this invention goes to three Americans: from then on the success of the typewriter was uninterrupted for more than a century. So much so that more and more refined models came out: electric (to write faster), with the built-in corrector (to eliminate errors), capable of changing writing style and even silent, that is (almost) without the tic tic tic tic typical of machines to write in action.

Does it say typewriter or typewriter?

Question from a million dollars: do you say typewriter or typewriter? Some think that the correct name is “typewriter”. In reality, in the English language the preposition DA can have the meaning of an end or a purpose. In this case the purpose is to write and therefore it is correct to say typewriter, exactly as you say iron, eyeglasses or evening dress.

And the keyboard? The layout of the keys in typewriters has remained the same since 1864 until today. The reason is that the layout of the keys, according to the scheme called QWERTY (they are the first 6 letters to the left of the keyboard) was designed to allow typists to write quickly, putting the most used letters at your fingertips. And also to avoid that the most common pairs of letters, written quickly one after the other, would have the mechanisms of the typewriter interlocked.

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