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Riverdale Historical Society (Virtual): Innovation in its Time: The World’s First Typewriter

January 25 @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Featuring the Martin Howard Collection of Antique Typewriters

The story of the typewriter touches everyone, from youngsters who have never seen a typewriter and are unaware that J.K. Rowling typed the first Harry Potter book on one, to those who will never use a computer. Today’s keyboard in its various forms is a tool that represents our means of personal communication in this technological age.

Meet Martin Howard, Toronto collector, historian, and repairman, who for more than a quarter of a century has been building a unique collection of the world’s earliest typewriters. Sharing his passion with others, his array of early 19 century typewriters has been exhibited at numerous locations including the Royal Ontario Museum and featured in the award-winning documentary California Typewriter (starring Tom Hanks, typewriter enthusiast).

For more on Martin Howard’s collection and services link here. Toronto Star, Oct 10, 2021 article link.

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