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Digital Coffee: History of Computer Keyboards

It’s Thursday and that means a new episode of Digital Coffee history series. Today we go through the history of the computer keyboard. Yes, we use these things so much, we must know where their origin came from. Join me as I find who created it and why. Or just who really created it, the why is evident.

Keyboards through the ages:

Remington’s First Sholes & Glidden Type-Writer 1867 Image source: from the Early Office Museum

Remington’s First Sholes & Glidden Type-Writer 1867
Image source: from the Early Office Museum

1870 Hansen Writing Ball. Created by Reverend Rasmus Malling-Hansen in Denmark. © 2011 by AUCTION TEAM BREKER, Cologne, Germany (www.Breker.com) Click this link to view additional images of the Hansen Writing Ball

1870 Hansen Writing Ball. Created by Reverend Rasmus Malling-Hansen in Denmark. © 2011 by AUCTION TEAM BREKER, Cologne, Germany (www.Breker.com)
Click this link to view additional images of the Hansen Writing Ball

1961 Selectric I Typewriter by IBM Image Source: Wikipedia

1961 Selectric I Typewriter by IBM
Image Source: Wikipedia

Reproduction of 1861 Father Francisco Jaâo de Azevado Typewriter Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Reproduction of 1861 Father Francisco Jaâo de Azevado Typewriter
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

1852 John Jones’ Mechanical Typographer Image source: Life photo archive

1852 John Jones’ Mechanical Typographer
Image source: Life photo archive

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