Wednesday, 18 May 2011

R.I.P. Typewriters

What Ho

I read today with great sadness that

Standing the test of time: The keyboard might not have changed in 100 years, but the typewriter itself has been superseded by the computer
Godrej and Boyce - the last company left in the world that was still manufacturing typewriters - has shut down its production plant in Mumbai, India with just a few hundred machines left in stock.See full size image

The firm began production in the 1950s – when Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru described the typewriter as a symbol of India’s emerging independence and industrialisation

The first commercial typewriter was produced in the U.S. in 1867 and by the turn of the century had developed into the  standardised format – including a qwerty’ keyboard – that we know today.  

            Miss Lemon just one of thousands of ladies that earned a respectiable living working as a secatary.  

One has to ask the question ...

What is the world coming to when such beautiful machines are now totally obsolete...

Tallulah May x



  1. I don't know if this will make your day or not, but Godrej & Boyce were making office typewriters; big machines, primarily with Arabic key layouts. No one has been able to determine how many companies -- many of whom are in China -- still produce portables.

    Technically, decent typewriters have been obsolete for decades, which means they are now valued objects of desire... much like vintage fashion. And, as with classic apparel, there is a rising sub-culture surrounding "real" typewriters. We call it the "typosphere" and we welcome like-minded enthusiasts.

  2. There was an article recently in the New York Times about people who are fans of old typewriters and won't let them become obsolete. They hold "type-ins" where they all meet up and type. I thought it was pretty neat. Here is the link to the article:

  3. As a writing tools afficionado, of course I also mourn this loss...! Luckily, howver, I possess a beautiful, old Blue Bird typewriter on which I can still type my deeper thoughts from time to time...