The Rapid typewriter was invented by Bernard Granville and first produced by The Western Rapid Typewriter Company of Findlay, Ohio. It is debatable if the typewriter would have been successful if not for a gas-leak fire that devastated the factory in 1888. Bernard Granville later attempted to revive the typewriter, in 1891, with the company of Mead, Phillips & Granville in Dayton, Ohio. By 1895, some publications were already referring to The Rapid as a "failed." typewriter. Well, I love failed typewriters.
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