This timeline lists only machines that are part of the
collection of the Virtual Typewriter Museum. As the virtual museum grows,
so will the timeline.
Click your mouse on the knob in the slide in the navigation
bar and pull it up or down to display a list of typewriters appearing
in that year. When you release the knob, thumbnails appear in the body
of the page.
This timeline is not based on patent dates, but on the year any given
machine (or model) was actually sold for the first time. For later machines,
knowledge about the first year of marketing is usually quite exact, based
for instance on newspaper ads. For earlier machines information is more
The timeline starts in 1873, with this publication
about the first model of the Sholes & Glidden typewriter. In the museum
you'll also find the Sholes & Glidden listed for 1877, which is when
that particular model appeared.