Today's Inspiration: Typewriters

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

There is still something about typewriters. Old-fashioned, timeless, and classic -- the writer's companion before laptops even came close. Don't get me wrong; the computer and the internet are one of the most useful things ever invented, and without them, well I wouldn't be typing this -- but the charm of typewriters, to me, can't be replaced. When I was a kid, I heard it all the time. Papers and most of the office work in my grandparent's Optometry clinic were done with the help of these beauties. I will not forget the crazy 'tap tap tap tap' sounds they make. I long to hear them again.

"Typewriters -- they make me write in a different fashion, and also provide an alternate trigger for inspiration." - Christopher Watkins

11 comments:

  1. I love the look of typewriters, so nice and classy I think of lois and Clark at the Daily Planet haha. One downside? No delete!! :)

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  2. I've always admired typewriters for the reason that they look so gorgous. And when I was younger, I used to wish I had one. Thank you so much for this awesome post, it has brought back a lot of memories.

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  3. You always put up the prettiest pictures. I love your blog.

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  4. ok they may look nice but I went through college and grad school on a type writer in the pre-pc days and you really do not want to do that now!!!-great write up

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  5. I have nostalgic feelings for typewriters but I wouldn't want to go back to them. As a kid, I loved to try out the typewriters at Sears. Such a thrill when my parents bought me one in highschool. It had a corrector ribbon-- too cool--- but still a pain compared to a computer.

    My poor brother still has nightmares of clacking typewriters. I always waited till the last minute to do research papers so I'd be up at 2 or 3 in the morning typing--- drove him mad.

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  6. Hmm.. maybe we should write a "Typewriters: A rant" post. I agree with all of you with all the cons about it. I wouldn't really replace my laptop with a typewriter. I probably would never try to write a paper for school with it either.
    It is still a nice thing to have though. When I write random stuff or poetry, I use a typewriter just because.. ;)

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  7. David Sedaris has a funny essay about trying to get a typewriter through airport security post 9/11/01. I also loved the typewriter-infused score of Atonement.

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  8. @Carin: I might have to look for that essay! And I looovveed Atonement's typewriter score.

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