I love the idea of typewriters. The sound of twenty of them going at once in an old-fashioned newsroom, which I’ve only seen in movies, puts me at ease. It’s the steady sound of hard work.
The reality of typewriters is a little harder to take. It means making a mistake and not being able to hit backspace. I can’t believe novels, Gone With the Wind comes to mind, were once written in their entirety on typewriters. I suppose if I grew up writing exclusively by hand, then a typewriter would seem advanced—a big step into the future.
As it is, the age of the typewriter has come and gone. The Atlantic reported on Monday that the Last Typewriter Factory in the World Shuts Its Doors. Honestly, I’m surprised that there were any typewriter factories still in existence, but I’m glad to know they are officially gone. I can mourn accordingly and start thinking about my antique typewriter collection. The article has some fantastic photos of typewriters, including this one: