By Marianna Nash
This oddly stylish contraption was invented in the 1930s by Robert H. Keaton. Created to make it easier for publishers and educators to produce music copies in bulk, there are only about a dozen in existence.
According to the National Museum of American History, “The typewriter’s board held sheet music in place while a semicircle ring of keys containing notes and musical notation typebars could be maneuvered above the sheet music to create musical compositions.”
If you have one, keep it close — the one pictured sold for $6,000 on Etsy.
Watch it in action here.
Modern music technology had come a long way. Take a class with us and see how accessible and affordable it is to create music today.
(Via This Is Colossal)
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