Is it possible to have too many typewriters? Maybe someday I’ll find out!
Typewriters are amazing machines. The main one I use is a 1928 Remington portable. Other than the ribbon, it still has all the original parts and paint. Think about that. Is there anything made today that’s built to last over 90 years? Not that I know of.
Typewriters were built to last, and built to be USED. There is nothing more satisfying than the “clack” of each letter being imprinted on paper. Of seeing each letter permanently stamped as you type it. With a typewriter, there’s no “delete” key, no eraser. You make a mistake, you can’t take it back – just like life.
Which I find wonderfully freeing; because I KNOW I’m going to mess up with a typewriter (lots of times!), I don’t worry about it. I just type and let the words flow out.
And typewriters are simply beautiful machines. Inside, the parts are intricately connected, like a fine watch. On the outside, they sparkle and shine – especially the older models. Some of the earliest ones even resemble delicately inlaid sewing machines – because they were built using modified sewing machine factories!
I don’t own one of those, but I do have a healthy collection of over 40 typewriters, from the 1960s to the 1890s. Here are a few of mine.