Recommended Typewriter Books



  • Adler, Michael. Antique Typewriters, from Creed to QWERTY. Schiffer Publishing, 1997.
  • Adler, Michael H. The Writing Machine. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1973.
  • Allan, Tony. Typewriter: The History, The Machines, The Writers. Shelter Harbor Press, 2015.
  • Anderson, Tyler. The Fox Typewriter Company
  • Beeching, Wilfred A. Century of the Typewriter. London: Heinemann, 1974.
  • Blickensderfer, Robert and Paul Robert. The Five-Pound Secretary. Virtual Typewriter Museum, 2003.
  • Bliven, Bruce, Jr. The Wonderful Writing Machine. New York: Random House, 1954.
  • Casillo, Anthony. Typewriters: Iconic Machines from the Golden Age of Mechanical Writing. Chronicle Books, 2017.
  • Collector's Guide to Antique Typewriters. Reprint of The Typewriter Topics Encyclopedia of Typewriters (1923), published by the Post Group.
  • Current, Richard N. The Typewriter and the Men Who Made It.
  • Dale, Rodney and Rebecca Weaver. Machines in the Office. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • Herrl, George. Catalog of the Carl P. Dietz Collection of Typewriters. Milwaukee: Milwaukee Public Museum, 1965.
  • James, Duncan. Old Typewriters. London: Shire Publications, 1993. Shire Album #293.
  • Linoff, Victor (ed). The Typewriter: An Illustrated History. New York: Dover Publications, 2000. A reprint of the 1923 Typewriter Topics Encyclopedia of Typewriters. An important early source that includes lots of usually-reliable data. The same book is available in a smaller format with reproductions of early advertisements, under the name Collector's Guide to Antique Typewriters (see above).
  • Lippman, Paul. American Typewriters: A Collector's Encyclopedia. Hoboken, N.J.: Original & Copy, 1992.
  • Mares, G.C. History of the Typewriter, Successor to the Pen. London: Guilbert Pitman, 1909. Reprinted by the Post Group.
  • Martin, Ernst (pseudonym of Johannes Meyer). Die Schreibmaschine und ihre Entwicklungsgeschichte. 4th ed: Pappenheim, Bavaria, 1949.
  • Messenger, Robert. The Magnificent 5 (And 250 Other Great Things About Portable Typewriters). 2011.
  • Masi, Frank (ed.). The Typewriter Legend. Secaucus, N.J.: Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, 1985. Uncredited author: Don Sutherland.
  • Morton, Jett. The Oliver Typewriter Company: Machines and History. 2011.
  • Mullaney, Thomas S. The Chinese Typewriter: A History. MIT Press, 2017.
  • Rehr, Darryl. Antique Typewriters & Office Collectibles. Collector Books, 1997.
  • Robert, Paul. Sexy Legs and Typewriters. Virtual Typewriter Museum, 2004. "Women in office-related advertising, humor, glamour, and erotica."
  • Robert, Paul and Peter Weil. Typewriter: A Celebration of the Ultimate Writing Machine. Sterling, 2016.
  • Russo, Thomas. Mechanical Typewriters: Their History, Value, and Legacy. Schiffer Publishing, 2002. By the same author: Office Collectibles: 100 Years of Business Technology.
  • SFO Museum. The Typewriter: An Innovation in Writing. 2017.
  • Vangool, Janine. The Typewriter: A Graphic History of the Beloved Machine. UPPERCASE, 2016.
  • Webster, F. S. Company. Typewriters of All Kinds and Our Galaxy of Stars. 1898.