Saturday, February 11, 2012

The 1953 Keaton Music Typewriter

I've never heard of a music typewriter, or thought someone would use something like this. I always imagined composers writing their music by hand...using ink and feathers on old parchment paper at the light of a candle.

Short history from

The Keaton Music Typewriter was first patented in 1936 (14 keys) by Robert H. Keaton from San Francisco, California. Another patent was taken out in 1953 (33 keys) which included improvements to the machine. The machine types on a sheet of paper lying flat under the typing mechanism. There are several Keaton music typewriters thought to be in existence in museums and private collections. It was marketed in the 1950s and sold for around $225. The typewriter made it easier for publishers, educators, and other musicians to produce music copies in quantity. Composers, however, preferred to write the music out by hand.

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