Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fun with typewriters!

A few years ago I visited a large resale shop with my daughter, Nila, who became fascinated with an old, manual typewriter. She took it up to the front desk and asked the clerk if she could try it. The clerk gave Nila a piece of paper to put in the roller. As she began to peck at the keys, another shopper about my age reminisced about using a typewriter at her job.

As Nila started to get the hang of how hard to press the keys, she got to the right margin of the paper and heard the "ding," of the typewriter bell, signaling to manually move the roller to the next line. To her, the sound was magical. Her eyes got wide as she said "Awesome!" The woman and I looked at each other and laughed.

Nila then pressed the metal bar on the left side of the machine to push the roller to the right to begin again. She typed a few more lines and was hooked. She loved it so much she bought it and used it for several years. 

I was reminded of this story when I came across the video titled Typewriters in the 21st Century. Here's a link:

Write soon, (maybe on a typewriter?)



  1. What's old is new. I can imagine how excited she was at her discovery.

  2. We got such a kick out of watching her be so excited about it!

  3. I love the look of an old manual typewriter, but can't live without my computer keyboard.

    Critter Alley

  4. I agree, Pat, but they do bring back memories!

  5. Mary--That familiar "ding," the physicalness of a typewriter (especially the manual ones) was good in so many ways, but revising would be a bear on typewriter, compared to a computer.

  6. I agree, that's one of the reasons I also love computers, the cut and paste option!

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