R.I.P T.W.

April 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm 5 comments

No – not our dear friend — but, well yes, our dear friend.

The very last of all of the typewriter factories in all of the world still bangin’ out the original QWERTY closed its doors this week … and the J-school nerd in me must admit to being more than just a little saddened by the news. 😦

Godrej and Boyce has put the eraser sheild on its doors, permamently jammed the typebar on production and backspaced out of business at its plant in Mumbai, India.

Long obsolete in the West, typewriters were quite common in India until recently when consumers there went all 21st-Century and began making the switch to computers. The company’s general manager, Milind Dukle, told India’s Business Standard newspaper: ‘We are not getting many orders now.’

But I mean, of course, it had to happen.
It was inevitable.
This is march of time, sands in the hourglass stuff here.
And, like Octomom’s 15 minutes, Prince William’s hair or my sobriety — nothing lasts forever.

But it still makes me sad to think of an inkless per-character keypress world, so I think I’m gonna find that box in the attic, dust off the Underwood Five and get my Shift Return Clickety-Clack on until the sun goes down, it’s time for bed and I can put this dark day behind me.

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  • 1. Ric  |  April 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Go get WriteMonkey and turn on the typewriter sounds (they have several).

  • 2. Type Writer  |  May 3, 2011 at 4:14 am

    No – not our dear friend — but, well yes, our dear friend.

    Aww, thanks for the shout-out, dear friend 🙂 And thanks also for pointing out that this was not an obituary for me, as people might have got the wrong idea from the fact that I haven’t updated my blog in months 🙂

    While I never went to journalism school, I did get to use a typewriter — to write a novel. At the age of 13, I teamed up with my best friend at the time and collaborated on a science-fiction novel. We started off writing our pieces of the manuscript in longhand, but eventually gravitated to using two typewriters. I got to use the IBM Selectric with the golf-ball keys, easily the coolest typewriter design ever. Little did I know then that less than a decade later, I would be working at Big Blue. Of course, by then the era of the Selectric had long gone, so I guess the end of the typewriter era should come as no surprise…


  • 3. Noni  |  May 8, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    When do we get to read it???

  • 4. Type Writer  |  May 11, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Oh, Noni 🙂 I would have to dig up the manuscript. Then I would have to be okay with the writing of my fourteen-year-old self. Then I would probably have to make a softcopy of it somehow. All for the sake of thirty-year-old teenage science fiction; would you settle for another Good Cookie post instead?


  • 5. Noni  |  May 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Yes — DO IT!

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