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[Musical Toronto] This 1950s Keaton Music Typewriter is the most vintage and wonderfully impractical thing ever

Ever wonder how they used to print music?

Before the invention of based notation software programs, there was The Keaton Music Typewriter. In was originally invented as a portable typewriter with just 14 keys in San Francisco by Robert H. Keaton in 1933. He released a larger 33 key version in 1953 (see photos) which sold for the tidy sum of $225.

Sales figures are unknown, but today it is estimated that between six and 24 are left in existence. One was recently up for sale on Etsy for $6000 USD.

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