Typewriters are storytellers.
“If only the walls could talk,” I think as I walk by a Vancouver heritage house that has been meticulously and lovingly returned to its vintage state. So much happens in a building as one generation is replaced by another, each creating a home on the structure of another home.
Even more interesting would be if only typewriters could talk!
Today, I learned that on January 7, 1717, Henry Mill (1683-1771), patented what is now considered the first typewriter.
Henry was a waterworks engineer for the New River Company, which is another great look back into history, but I digress…
Henry Mill submitted two patents during his lifetime. No doubt his 1706 patent for an improvement in coach springs would have been greatly appreciated for those riding in coaches. But it was his 1714 patent that would outlive the inventor and give future inventors a foundation upon which to democratize writing.
Henry Mill’s patent is described as: “Machine for Transcribing Letters….for impressing or transcribing of letters singly or progressively one after another, so neat and exact as not to be distinguished from print, very useful in settlements and public records.”
Innovation, in whatever form, takes on a life of its on. What was very useful in settlements and public records, changed the way we transferred information from one person to the other, one generation to the next.
The moral of this story: What we create today may influence the lives of people one hundred years from now.
Something to think about….
“The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me.” Ray Bradbury