Pellegrino Turri

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Pellegrino Turri, an Italian inventor, invented a mechanical typing machine, one of the first typewriters in 1801 for his blind lover Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano.[1] He also invented carbon paper[1] to provide the ink for his machine.

Although not much is known about the machine, some of the letters written on it by the countess have survived. The 2010 novel The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace is based on their story.


  1. ^ a b "Italian Inventors and their Inventions". 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 

Adler, Michael H.: The Writing Machine, George Allen and Unwin Ltd, London, 1973, p. 162 et seq.

Adler, Michael  : Antique Typewriters from Creed to QWERTY, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen PA, 1997, p. 26 et seq.

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