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A 'Typewriter Rebellion' is Underway. Here's What That Means and Why It's Attracting Kids


What is old is new again!

Young people are rediscovering the physicality of typewriters.

They are seeking something that they can physically connect to and a typewriter provides just such an experience.

Some have realized that a computer, the internet, although a part of our lives now lacks a dimension that can be found in these machines.

So if you have an old typewriter, dig it out and give it to your children or grandchildren!


A 'Typewriter Rebellion' is Underway. Here's What That Means and Why It's Attracting Kids
A 'Typewriter Rebellion' is Underway. Here's What That Means and Why It's Attracting Kids

A 'Typewriter Rebellion' is Underway. Here's What That Means and Why It's Attracting Kids

Once given away or thrown in the trash, typewriters now sell for hundreds. Why are they making a comeback?

"Retro-cool writing machines hot now, thanks in part to social media, celebrity fans and the joy of rediscovering vintage technology

Keith Ferrer was seven years old the first time he saw one. It was in the Philippines, at a relative’s restaurant in Davao City. The restaurant was shutting down, and there, among the things to go, was a machine that intrigued him. He asked his mother if they could take it home.

“No,” she told him. “It’s too big, and nobody uses it any more.”

And why did a child in 2003 need a typewriter? Well, he didn’t. But he always liked mechanical things, and there was something about that strange, old machine that called to him. So while he wasn’t allowed to take that one, he never forgot it.

And when he moved to Canada a dozen years later and was working, earning his own money, one of the first things he thought about buying was a typewriter.

“Those are the three things that I love: history, mechanics and art,” says Mr. Ferrer, now 25. “And all of this culminates into a typewriter.”

Mr. Ferrer is not the only person to be entranced by a technology once roundly considered obsolete. Suddenly, typewriters are everywhere.

They’re styled into Instagram posts and photo shoots. LEGO recently released one. For those who can’t bring themselves to unplug, there are typewriter fonts and computer keyboards that mimic the look and feel of typewriter keys.

Many typewriters, once given away or thrown in the trash, now sell for hundreds – even thousands – of dollars. (Hello, Original Green Olivetti Valentine for $18,339, “one of the holy grails of modern typewriter collecting.”)

Typewriters are – shift lock – HOT.

But why is this outdated technology suddenly having a moment? Is it a trend of nostalgia – a desire to return to a simpler, less distracted time? Or is there something we’ve been missing about that clack and clatter, that slide and bell, the feeling of something real in a digital age?..from the article: Once given away or thrown in the trash, typewriters now sell for hundreds. Why are they making a comeback?



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A 'Typewriter Rebellion' is Underway. Here's What That Means and Why It's Attracting Kids

You might call the sound of a typewriter the sound of a rebellion as young people are buying the machines as an escape from computers.


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