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The invention of the typewriter is attributed to several inventors, including Henry Mill's concept typewriter of 1714, Rasmus Malling-Hansen's writing ball of 1870 and Christopher Latham Sholes' successful American typewriter of 1868. Sholes' design is the basis for the modern typewriter.

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When was the typewriter invented?
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In 1714, Mill, an English engineer, obtained a patent for a machine for transcribing letters. In 1808, the first functional typewriter was made by Pellegrino Turri. In 1829, the first American patent for a  primitive typewriter was given to William Burt. Malling-Hansen's invention of the writing ball in 1870 was another successful version of the typewriter. It was a sphere covered in keys.

However, Latham Sholes' design in 1868 was much more successful, debuting on the American market in 1874. It was called the Remington and was constructed with circular glass, part of a table, piano wire and carbon paper.

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