Do You Have a Typewriter? Good for You Because You Are Now Cool!
Oh my, the classic typewriter, the instrument so many of us learned to type on, typing letters, notes, wrote term papers, and so much more.
So, is it making a comeback?
Well, some would think so as there seems to be a rekindled love affair with the old typewriter here in Grand Rapids. I found a discussion among many people who loved typewriters, or, never having actually used one, desperately want to find one.
Some of the comments on reddit.com/grand rapids have been?
"I use to love typewriting as a kid I would always haul out my grandparents electric one and sit and make up stories."
"I have fantasized about the idea of using a typewriter to write poetry but have never owned a working one."
"I have a typewriter that was gifted to me in high school and I love it. It does need some maintenance to get it working again. It would be awesome if we could also exchange that knowledge."
Now you can join the Grand Rapids Typewriter Society, and peck away.
Facebook has a page, Rapid Typers of West Michigan, Instagram has a page for the Grand Rapids Typewriter Society, and I'm sure there are more because interest hasn't been this high in nearly 41-years.
So, what's up with all of this. According to an article from the web page Senior Planet, part of AARP,
“Using a typewriter is a way of getting some distance from today’s technology,” Richard Polt, PhD, author of “Typewriter Revolution” and a blogger about typewriter collecting says.
The article goes on to say that teenage girls like the typewriters from the 1930s and ’40s with the glass keys. They’ve not seen many things that are mechanical. They get a kick out of the levers and springs. And they like that all it does is type.
Many customers today are young writers. They love the romance of it. Also, since a typewriter doesn’t do anything but type, there’s no instant messaging, no interruptions—they can let their imagination go.
I'll have to admit, I haven't used a typewriter since the old Commodore 64 came out.
I'm certainly not typing this on a typewriter because then I'd have to figure a way the get my article on this page and my brain can't process that.
Whatever, happy typing!
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