The last ever typewriter made in Britain has rolled off the production line and been donated to London’s Science Museum. The Brother CM1000 electronic typewriter is the last of nearly 6 million typewriters made at Brother’s Ruabon, Wrexham factory. Only two people worked on this last machine, though 20 years ago about 30 people worked on the production line. The company will continue to make typewriters in Malaysia.
The first typewriter was patented in 1714 but the first commercially successful machine was the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, which gave us the word “typewriter”, produced in the 1870s. Remington produced this design and in tweaking its usability introduced the QWERTY keyboard layout.