I miss typewriters. My high school graduation present was a portable manual typewriter, which I used until long after I got my first computer.
But I miss them only in the most perverse, sentimental sense. I hated shopping for typewriter ribbons; I hated white-out and correction tape. But in my day, I could type 70 words per minute on a Selectric, and not much less on my manual. I even had a collectible one, once – something I picked up at a rummage sale that dated back to the thirties.
But the era of the typewriter is officially over; the world’s last typewriter factory just closed:
It’s an invention that revolutionised the way we work, becoming an essential piece of office equipment for the best part of a century.
But after years of sterling service, that bane for secretaries has reached the end of the line.
Godrej and Boyce – the last company left in the world that was still manufacturing typewriters – has shut down its production plant in Mumbai, India with just a few hundred machines left in stock.
Most of them were built for – I think this is hilarious – government.
UPDATE: It seemed a little premature. And it was; there are several other factories still operating.
Although the government is still the primary market.