I must have had my first typewriter around the late seventies. It was a basic model, but was still sturdy, reliable, and part of my daily routine. I’d type letters, write stories and address envelopes with it. I’d usually add carbon paper and another sheet to make a copy. I still have boxes of copies from those early days.
Over the years I’ve owned a number of typewriters, including models by Olivetti and Erika, and have always been pleasantly surprised by their style and longevity.
It struck me recently that a lot of people have been reappraising these vintage machines, together with other analogue technology, such as vinyl and music cassettes. They all offer something which must be missing from the current technology, at least for the people who invest time, money and interest in them.
While there are undoubtably things which their modern equivalents offer, I’d like to think that there is still a space for these artefacts from the past which can enrich and enliven our lives.
Typewriters – Coming of Age?
Here’s a thought; has technology made typewriters useful once again?
Typewriters have many advantages, which become apparent when you use them, but there has been one big minus – getting your text into the digital world.
However, today there are apps for phones, including Office Lens, which will allow you to scan your pages and convert to text. Soon, with iOS 15, Live Text character recognition will work directly from the camera app. It should combine the advantages of a real typewriter with the storage and text manipulation of digital. I’m keen to try it out.