Current Events & Trends | April 2011 |
Ode to a Typewriter, part 3
Sad news today for typewriter devotees -- according to the Atlantic, the last typewriter factory in the world has shut its doors. From the piece:
With only about 200 machines left -- and most of those in Arabic languages -- Godrej and Boyce shut down its plant in Mumbai, India, today. "Although typewriters became obsolete years ago in the west, they were still common in India -- until recently," according to the Daily Mail, which ran a special story this morning about the typewriters demise. "Demand for the machines has sunk in the last ten years as consumers switch to computers." Secretaries, rejoice.Nick Basbanes' lament about New York City's Writers Room banning typewriters last year has proved more prescient than we would have liked.