Research Site Skeleton
Iconic Image with Citation
Anonymous engraver. Comparison of Full-Keyboard, Single-Shift, and Double-Shift Typewriters in 1911, 1911, Engraving. Larousse mensuel illustré. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Comparison_of_Full-Keyboard,_Single- Shift,_and_Double-Shift_Typerwriters_in_1911.png. Accessed 16 March, 2017.
Typewriter Timeline: (Angie will be complete the StoryMap JS and Kasey will help by finding pictures to include.)
We will use StoryMap JS to go through the evolution of the typewriter including its antecedents and its early evolution into the computer. These will include images of each item or its inventor and a small blurb with its name and a brief description of the item:
- Antecedents: Typographer and printing press
- 1714 Britain typewriter patent
- 1829- First American typewriter patent, William Austin Burt, Detroit (his patents and prototype were destroyed in a fire)
- Sholes & Glidden- First commercially successful 1874
- Braille typewriter
- Electric typewriter
- Effects on society
- Office culture-women in the office
(The next pages will focus on some of the aspects of the timeline and delve into more detail, the ones we will discuss have been bolded)
For our second page, we will go deeper into the typographer and printing press, the effects they had on society, and how they influenced the invention of the typewriter. We will use images of the printing press and the typography process to demonstrate their influences to the typewriter.
The First Patent: (Thomas)
Similar to the second page, we will focus on the first typewriter patent that originated in Britain in 1714 by Henry Mill. As we do not have an image of the patent we will include an image of Henry Mill on this page.
Commercial Success: (Kasey)
This page will focus on the typewriter developed by Sholes & Glidden, which is credited as being the first commercially successful typewriter. It hit the market in 1874 and became more successful than any of its predecessors. We will discuss aspects of this typewriter that made it as successful as it was. We will include images of the patents submitted and the actual typewriter itself.
Modern Versions: (Thomas)
The typewriter can still be seen today. One example that we will discuss is the braille typewriter used by blind students. Another is the electric typewriter that is often used by authors when they are typing their manuscripts. We will discuss the uses of these two modern typewriters and include images of both of these so that people can see how they have developed since the 1874 model.
Effects Then and Today: (Jackie)
We will discuss the effects of the typewriter on several aspects of society. Starting with a discussion of how typewriters affected office culture in the 1800s, we will then move on to its effects today. The effects include its modern uses and effects on office work and education. We will include images of the typewriter in schools and offices.
Editors: Jackie and Thomas
Camera operators: Kasey, Angie, Thomas, and Jackie depending on the scene
*infomercial style of benefits of the typewriter/ selling to our audience*
Scene 1: Black and white/ sepia-toned opening of modern-day desktop keyboards and laptops breaking, etc…
Narrator speaking over the scene about the difficulties of life.
Scene 2: Typewriter swoops into scene with bright graphics and narrator offers a solution. The four of us explain the background of the typewriter and how it came to be what it is today in a brief history of the inventors.
Scene 3: Explain how the typewriter helped bring women into the workforce and its influence on office culture.
Scene 4: Interview Ernest Hemingway (big typewriter advocate) about why he loves using the typewriter so much.
Scene 5: Interview modern day author who still uses typewriter and its benefits.
Scene 6: Show kids in a classroom setting with a typewriter, focused on their assignments, not distracted by the Internet.
Scene 7: Show how easy it is to maintain a typewriter (covering it when not in use, dusting the exterior etc).
Scene 8: Four of us recapping why the typewriter is perfect for everyone and give a fake number to call to order for only $49.99 plus shipping and handling.