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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.
Indeed, a secretary from 1900 magically appearing today could easily type on a computer today.
While many are quite old, a lot of typewriters were sold and they were made to last.
Therefore, old typewriters are still quite plentiful and hence most of them not very expensive.
Bars with frequently used letter pairs are widely separated to prevent jams.
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.
All of the typewriters on this page are owned by me, but are only on public display virtually through this Web site.
Looking at garage sales, my guess is many, if not most, households no longer own a typewriter.
The reason, of course, is that the functions of a typewriter have been largely superceded by computers and printers.
Typewriters were quite expensive when new, sometimes exceeding the equivalent cost of a laptop computer today.
They are also very finely crafted and cool machines.