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First practical typewriter...



Item # 588397

July 8, 1868

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, July 8, 1868

* Sholes receives patent for first practical typewriter

Near the back of this 16 page issue is a lengthy list of the: "Official Report of Patents and Claims Issued by the United States Patent Office for the week ending June 23, 1868." 

One of these is the patent for the very first practical typewriter, given to C. Latham Sholes, headed:  "Type Writing Machine" with some descriptive text (see the photo for the full report). An inconspicuous yet historic report, and a keystone issue for any collector of early typewriters.

The balance of the issue is taken up with various reports on inventions & mechanical improvements of the day, several of which are illustrated.

This is complete in 16 pages and is in very nice condition.

Category: Post-Civil War

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