There was a time just a few short years ago that you would have to be fifty or better to recall the clacking and clicking of typewriter keys. The inky ribbons, smudgy carbons and shiny oil still brings back memories to generations of writers, office workers and students alike. However there is a whole new demographic rediscovering these almost forgotten machines: 20-somethings. What does this have to do with you? Read on!
As late as 2011, there were numerous stories in the media of they last typewriter manufactures going under. They shouted that the end was nigh for the once mighty typewriter – replaced by the march of time and non-stop technological advances. Boy, were they ever wrong! Just a quick Google search of the word typewriter will open a world of collectors, writers and enthusiasts who have embraced (or simply rediscovered) the simple joys of using a typewriter. There are meetings and mini-conventions of collectors all over the U.S. and even a few in Europe and Australia. There are a group of people known as “typecasters” who actually physically type a blog post, scan it and publish the image of the typewritten page. There are even books being published today about the art and collectability of these amazingly timeless machines.
Now to answer the question of what this has to do with you: you were there when this all happened the first time. You already know everything there is to know about a movement that is once again becoming mainstream. Reach out to the young folks in your family and connect in a way they thought only they could connect with you. Sure they’re used to you coming to them with questions but now it’s your turn to have the answers.
I have a personal reason for writing all of this. I have four children and for each of their first birthdays I picked out a typewriter for them. As they have gotten older I have been able to connect with them on a level I wasn’t expecting – and all because I collect typewriters.
So once again history repeats itself. But this time you can help shape your own history as well as the history of those you love. And all thanks to the good ol’ typewriter.
By Bob Skrezyna for the 50 Plus Report