Early Typewriters extended to June 29, 2008

Exhibit portrays how the world’s first typing machines revolutionized modern communications

Due to its popularity, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has extended the Early Typewriters exhibit. These fascinating examples of early modern communications technology are showcased in the Hilary and Galen Weston Wing, Level 2 until June 29, 2008. Early Typewriters presents the renowned collection of Torontonian Martin Howard, the largest of its kind in Canada. The exhibit showcases 20 antique typewriters from the very beginning of their history, in the 1880s and 1890s.

Early Typewriters exhibits a variety of the world’s oldest typing machines, highlighting their sophistication, diversity and development over time. Period letterhead, advertisements and photographs will also help contextualize the typewriters and the world in which they were used. The advent of the typewriter was meant to solve the problem of fast and accurate communication methods for businesses expanding in the late 19th century. Their diverse designs and mechanisms catalogue the many ingenious techniques devised by mechanical engineers to type letters onto paper.

For more information about the exhibit please see the Early Typewriters release in the ROM Newsroom at www.rom.on.ca/news/releases/public.php?mediakey=jvrtz8i0wo

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