[KS] 1926 Invention of Hangul Typewriter
Kwang On Yoo
lovehankook at gmail.com
Thu Feb 4 21:29:34 EST 2010
Dear Mr. Timothy S. Lee,
"Seventy Years' History" is 400 page hard cover book by
The First Korean United Methodist Church of Chicago
655 E. Hintz Rd.,
Wheeling, IL 60090
Editor: Dr. Lee, Yun-mo
On Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 12:06 AM, <Timsanglee at aol.com> wrote:
> Dear Dr. Yoo,
> Thank you for sharing the fascinating story about Mr. Song Ki-Ju and his
> Korean typewriter. You alluded that the information about Mr. Song came from
> an article on the "Seventy Years' History, 1923-1993:
> The First Korean United Methodist Church of Chicago". As a historian of
> Christianity, I would love to get a hold of this article. I would be
> grateful if you could show me how I might do that.
> Timothy S. Lee
> Brite Divinity School
> t.lee at tcu.edu
> In a message dated 2/3/2010 11:17:48 P.M. Central Standard Time,
> lovehankook at gmail.com writes:
> Hello Everyone,
> Below is some interesting information telling us how Korean fonts on your
> PC came into being as they are known today:
> Mr. Song, Ki-Ju (Keith C. Song), after graduating Yunhee College (now
> Yonsei University) in Seoul, at age of 25, came to the U.S. in 1925. He
> received his B.A. from Texas State University the next year.
> In 1926 he was employed by Chicago mapmakers, Rand McNally & Company. While
> there he invented the Hangul Key Board by arranging 42 keys on an Underwood
> In 1933 he entered an agreement with The Underwood Typewriter
> Company in New York City, to manufacture Song Ki-Ju - Underwood Typewriters.
> Dr. Kong, Byung-Woo(ophthalmologist) had tried to buy out Song's invention
> without success, but upon Mr. Song's abduction to North Korea during the
> Korean War, Dr. Kong took upon Song's method thus became the Korean fonts
> you know today.
> Attached, please find a news article I copied from "Seventy Years' History,
> The First Korean United Methodist Church of Chicago". The First Korean
> United Methodist Church is the oldest Korean church in Chicago.
> Please note the Lord's Player in Hangul. He typed, right to left, top to
> bottom. Apparently
> he was not only a great inventor but also an excellent typist. I have never
> tried but it would probably take me a couple days to type as he did.
> The church history also notes that Song made the first 3d relief map of
> Korea while he was
> with the Rand McNally.
> Kwang-On Yoo
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