what Was Milwaukee’s Key Role In Typewriter History? #Mitch_TeichFebruary 12, 2019
Can you provide more context behind the typewriter being invented in Milwaukee?
Al Muchka knows a lot about typewriters — he’s the curator of American history at the Milwaukee Public Museum.
There are two in particular he brought out to help describe Milwaukee’s key role in typewriter history.
The idea that seems to hold promise is a piano-style keyboard with 38 keys.
To scale up production of his new invention, he really needed what a lot of inventors need: a business person.
“He needed somebody with business acumen and he needed some more money.
And Densmore put up every penny he had,” says Al.
“He invested, gave Sholes the money but then immediately started making suggestions to make it better.
After some prompting, Christopher developed the QWERTY keyboard — the keyboard we’re all familiar with.
Richard owns about 300 typewriters, by the way, including an original Sholes and Glidden.