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A-Z of History

Time to take a tour together with Nige Tassell through a treasure trove of tomfoolery, titbits, throwbacks and topsy-turvy trinkets
ILLUSTRATION: DAWN COOPER

TUNEFUL TYPEWRITER

When he unveiled his prototype typewriter in 1857, 21-year-old Rhode Island inventor Samuel W Francis described his new creation as a “literary piano”. It’s easy to see why – the machine indeed resembled a piano, with 26 white keys providing the letters, while the black keys took care of punctuation marks.

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