The printed patent drawing for a Type-Writer invented by Christopher L. Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and J. W. Soule, submitted June 23, 1868.
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Printed patent drawing for a typewriter

Credit: National Archives at College Park, MD

With the help of friends' Carlos Glidden and Samuel Soule, Christopher Sholes in 1868 patented a simple device with printers type mounted to strike upward onto a flat plate holding carbon paper against stationary. The idea of type striking against paper to create an image was the revolutionary concept behind Sholes' "Type-Writer."

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