Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I picked this topic up from the Wall Street Journal and I must say it is one I have been expecting for a long time.
The world's last typewriter maker, Godrej and Boyce stopped producing typewriters and has only a few hundred machines left for sale and some of these are in Arabic. Essentially, this spells the death of the typewriter.
When I first began working at the Middlesex North registry of Deeds in 1995 we had three typewriters...that's really not many for an office of 35 people, but in '95 the word processor was already replacing the typewriter.
Today, 16 years later we have none...sure, we have a few stored in the basement for archival/historical purposes, but none of them really work.
Of the registry's out of service typewriters my favorite is the IBM Selectric...
You remember the Selectric. Its the typewriter with the bouncing ball. Turn that baby on and it hums like a Nascar. And like a precision steering wheel a touch of your finger on a key maneuvers that ball selecting letters in a rapid pace.
Godrej and Boyce is liquidating its final stock and has no plans of manufacturing typewriters in the future.
In a way the demise of the typewriter is sad...but I guess that's how the blacksmith felt when he heard the first internal combustion engine.
Posted by Tony at 4/27/2011 10:13:00 AM