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Therefore, old typewriters are still quite plentiful and hence most of them not very expensive.Most of my typewriters were acquired for under each.Some other manufacturers began to use similar elements.Finally, typewriters began to use daisy wheel elements which were a flat wheel with the letters radiating out from the center like the petals on a flower.Indeed, a secretary from 1900 magically appearing today could easily type on a computer today.Despite their long history and use today, as well as being really cool machines, typewriters are largely obsolete today.This design continued by all major manufacturers until 1961 when the IBM Selectric introduced a typewriter with a rotating typing element that looked like a golf ball with all of the letters and symbols on it.It was somewhat similar to designs in the 1800s which had a single typing element.
You wanted to avoid the need for revisions if the secretary used a typewriter! The word processing program, Perfect Writer, came with the computer.The last time I used a typewriter to actually do something other than test an old machine was probably 20 years ago and then probably just to address an envelope.Looking at garage sales, my guess is many, if not most, households no longer own a typewriter.People also still use typewriters today especially to fill in pre-printed forms or to type a quick envelope or label.
Finally, the QWERTY keyboard is used even on computers today - not because it is the most efficient pattern, but because it is the pattern everyone knows.
The reason, of course, is that the functions of a typewriter have been largely superceded by computers and printers.