In 1873, E. Remington and Sons – a New York company with a history of manufacturing guns, and then sewing machines – produced the first commercial typewriter. It used the QWERTY layout, still used today, that was designed by Christopher Sholes. Five years later, the Remington Number 2 was released, giving operators access to upper and lower case characters through the use of the Shift key.
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Here’s a great video showing a restoration of a Remington Quiet-Riter.