The Typewriter: No Longer a Thing of the Past

A typewriter is no longer a thing of the past

Do you have fond memories of the chatter of typewriter keys? Many predicted that computers would be the death of typewriters – after all, changing a ribbon is one of today’s “lost” skills. But against all the odds, they’re making a comeback.

Who still uses a typewriter anyway?

Author Tom Wolfe preferred the old-style appeal of the typewriter. And best-selling author Danielle Steel (with 800 million copies sold), still bangs out her manuscripts on a 1946 manual Olympia nicknamed Ollie.

Many police departments, including the officers in Philadelphia, still use typewriters.

And, actor Tom Hanks waxes lyrical about typewriters, having collected more than 100 machines. He recently completed a book of short stories on a typewriter, describing the process as “a softer version of chiseling words into stone.

Why use a typewriter?

Typewriters are ideal for working without distraction (no opportunity to post on Instagram or check your Twitter feed!). Your work won’t disappear into cyberspace, you’re protected from security breaches, and you can free yourself of modern technology for a bit.

You also might just love the retro appeal. As online seller puts it: “There’s just something irresistibly appealing about the unmistakable keystroke sounds [and] the nifty carriage return bell. ” And Leroy Anderson (of “Sleigh Ride” fame), adored the sound so much that he composed a whole musical number for typewriter and orchestra!

How to get creative with a typewriter

Wedding and party invitations look great when they’re actually typed out. Greetings cards and gift tags are another popular option, or writing vintage-style love letters for your sweetheart.

Why not create some classic appeal with labels for homemade foods such as jelly? Get poetic by typing out poems and displaying them as wall art.

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Where to get a typewriter

Whether you want one to use or to add to your décor, it’s easy to get your hand on a machine. Vintage models can be bought online, in second-hand shops, or even from specialist suppliers. Modern machines are available from stationery stores or online markets such as Amazon.

So don’t dismiss the humble typewriter! Its vintage appeal is making it the hottest new trend in writing, just waiting for you to unleash your creativity.

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Elizabeth Manneh
Elizabeth is an experienced freelance writer, specializing mainly in digital health & transformation, health & wellness, and education & learning. She's been published on,, The Family Handyman, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and The Good Men Project. She was also a regular contributor to Love Live Health and Daily Home Remedy. Elizabeth is a retired primary school principal and education consultant, with a continuing passion for education and learning.