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Speed typist

Speed typist

Mark Twain apparently was the first writer to submit a typed manuscript to a publisher. In 1883, nearly a decade after the first typewriter was introduced, Twain handed in a copy of Life on the Mississippi typed from his original, handwritten manuscript. Typewriters had evolved rapidly from a clunky machine that typed only in capitals to the snazzy Remington No. 2 of 1878, which featured a shift key that allowed it to produce both lower and upper case letters.

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Last updated by Ginger L. on March 21, 2011

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