Last week a slew of reports claimed the typewriter had finally slipped away from us and that the last machine had been manufactured. Luckily, it turned out this was not the case, there are factory lines still producing and individuals still pounding the keys.
Still, the thought of it gave me – and word-lovers everywhere – a bit of a moment.
There are plenty of things to love about typewriters, the ponderous feeling of weighted keys, the satisfying clunk, clunk of your words appearing in the real world, but I have to admit that mine is an ornament rather than a piece of my office equipment.
I can’t give up the speed of my pen across the page or my fingers on the flat little keyboard of my computer. I’m sorry typewriters, I don’t want you to go – but I know I’ll do little to halt your demise. Instead, I drew you a picture.