Throwback Thursday - The Typewriter and Literature

August 11, 2016

Throwback Thursday

By Aimee



All of the greatest novels of the past have been brought to us by the great minds of our literary heroes AND a silent (not really if you've used it) hero stands among them - the typewriter. The abscence of which would deprive us of the formal production of the written word.

Here, we see Aale Maria Tynni-Haavio, most commonly known as Aale Tynni, a Finnish poet and translator and wife of fellow Finnish poet Martti Haavio, using a typewriter to translate some of her renowned work.

She is best known for editing and translating European poetry ranging from the Middle Ages into Finnish in a comprehensive anthology of entitled Tuhat Laulujen Vuotta in 1957.

Fun Typewriter Trivia

  • Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” was the first novel written on a standard typewriter.

  • The longest common word using just the top letters of the keyboard is strangely enough TYPEWRITER.

  • The longest common word using just your left hand is STEWARDESSES.

  • The longest common word using just your right hand is LOLLIPOP

  • Even though most people are right handed, 56% of typing is done with the left hand.


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Trivia source: Mike Byster

Tags: Throwback Thursday

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