There’s Just Something About Typewriters

I left one of my typewriters out in the living room as part of a new display there.  I left paper in it with just a line about the typewriter showing that it still works and has ink ribbon in it.  Then, I waited.  It didn’t take long for my 14 year old step daughter to feel the pull of intrigue these old typewriters have.  The first day she just typed a few lines, trying to figure out how to make it work.  I mean, it’s not electronic, so how hard could it be, right? LOL  Finally, she figured it out and seemed content to do so.  For a few days.


There’s something about a typewriter that calls to some people.  The clack clack clack of the keys as you type are a soothing rhythm to some of us.  Before long, Madelyne, my step daughter, started typing out a story.  Because let’s face it, that’s what you do with a typewriter, right?


Everyone who comes to my home is immediately drawn to the vintage typewriter and I find it interesting how we can become so dependent on all things electronic and “connected” but inherently find interest in a typewriter.  We understand how to use the keys since electronic keyboards use the same QWERTY set up, so we feel we it is familiar to us.  We know what it is, what it should look like, what to call it.  But, most people would be hard-pressed to actually use a manual typewriter to write a manuscript, not only because it feels different to type those keys, but because you can’t just have a typewriter spell things for you, tell you if your spelling or grammar are wrong or easily erase something when we determine it’s not the way we want to go with our story.


Typewriters are not for those who want it easy.  It’s a true skill to be able to use one.


Do you love typewriters? Have you ever written on a manual typewriter?  Or are you just so glad for a computer keyboard you have no intention of looking back?

About Sheila Clover English

International speaker, business woman, author, mother, wife and owner of seven dogs. I love people, am an advocate for animals and stay up too late at night reading books.
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2 Responses to There’s Just Something About Typewriters

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Sheila, that sounds so fun! I do have typewriters. At least one, but maybe two. I should take one out of the closet and do the same thing you did. What a great idea!

  2. Mary Hughes says:

    Ah, the manual typewriter! I have a very happy memory of transcribing Bambi on an Underwood typewriter at the age of 7. Ageless! Although I appreciate the flexibility of modern keyboards and computers, I do love things that work without electricity or a massive infrastructure (and monthly payments, lol). What a great idea, having such a wonderful piece of equipment available for a one-of-a-kind learning experience!

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