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The Romance of the Typewriter – A Writer’s Ode

Delightful re-blog today — memories for some of you — history for sure…

I still take pride in the fact I was the only boy in my school typing class…

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typewriter love 1I cannot pass by one without pausing to admire it. If it’s within reach, I cannot resist touching it. I trace the retro curves and mechanical angles before finally letting my fingers settle reverently on the keys. Glass and lacquer, enamel and chrome, Bakelite and celluloid – the keys are the most irresistible part of these elegant machines.

The first commercially successful typewriter was the Sholes and Glidden Type-Writer. E. Remington & Sons began production of this historic machine, which they dubbed the Remington No. 1,  in 1873 after striking an agreement with the patent holder. Though E. Remington & Sons produced a variety of items, including agricultural equipment and sewing machines, the company was perhaps best known for its rifles and other small arms. It’s odd to think of one company producing both firearms and typewriters. It makes me wonder which of those two products has had a…

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2 responses to “The Romance of the Typewriter – A Writer’s Ode

  1. damonrgoldsmith February 19, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    My generation was the last to learn to type on a typewriter. I still remember those green humming IBM Selectrics in my high school typing class. Thanks for the memory!


  2. Alexander M Zoltai February 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Hey — you’re welcome :-)

    Some memories are more important than others

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