The first recorded idea for a typewriter is dated 1714 when an Englishman called Henry Mill patented his idea for “an artificial machine or method for the impressing or transcribing of letters singly or progressively one after another.”

(But, it wasn’t until 1808 that Italian Pellegrino Turri built the first working machine of its kind. Turri made the typewriter for his friend Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano, but the first commercial production wasn’t until 1873.)