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Friday, April 13, 2007

Virtual Typewriter Museum

The above picture is a Hansen writing Ball, one of the earliest typewriters to be invented. It is part of a collection of typewriters in the Virtual Typewriter Museum. This is the most interesting typewriter I've ever seen. It has all 52 keys and all line up with the movable paper that fits on the roller below. It was actually invented as a method for deaf and dumb people to "speak with their hands." The inventor, Rasmus Hans Malling Johan Hansen, was a teacher and director at an institute for deaf people in Copenhagen. The device was actually very popular, though only a few have survived to the present day.

Check out the Museum: The Virtual Typewriter Museum

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