Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Brother makes 30 typewriters a day

"Now the last ever typewriter to be made in Britain has rolled off the production line – and straight into a museum.
Manufacturer Brother brought to an end 130 years of industry tradition when the last of its 5.9million machines left its factory.
Edward Bryan, who has worked at Brother’s factory in Wrexham, north Wales, since 1989, put together the final machine and said: ‘I can always say now, that I’ve made the last typewriter in Britain.’
The last model, an electric typewriter, was donated to the London Science Museum, where it will join 200 other machines in its collection.
Brother’s boss Phil Jones said the typewriter would always have ‘a special place in the hearts’ of the public’.
Brother will continue to make 30 typewriters a day at its plant in the Far East. It makes the machines mainly for the legal profession in the US, where carbon copies of documents are still needed.
The first typewriter was invented in the US in 1829 by William Burt, but the machines were not mass-produced until the 1870s."

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