Typewriters experience a comeback

On December 20, 2011, in Society & Culture, by Weird

It would appear that in these days of computers, pads and laptops, that the humble typewrite is making a comeback.

New York typewriter sellers are reporting that the low-tech machines are being bought by writers who want to avoid distractions.

Paul Schweitzer, 73, whose Gramercy Typewriter Co. was founded by his father Abraham in 1932, said he started working on laser printers when typewriters fell out of fashion in the 1990s, but he has recently had a number of customers bringing in their old typewriters to be restored.

“They have their computers, they have their blackberries or iPads or whatever it is, but they still would like to have a typewriter. They like the idea of pressing the keys and having the words hit the paper,” Schweitzer said.

Donna Brady of Brady & Kowalksi Writing Machines said she and her partner have had a lot of interest in the typewriters they sell at Brooklyn Flea.

“The more disconnected we get from other humans because of electronic devices … the more we kind of want to get away from those gadgets,” she said. “A lot of people still want to be productive, but would like to get away from the screen.”

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