The typewriter renaissance must be real—even our sleepy little Valley News, the area bird cage liner, has picked up on the phenomenon:
True to legacy media fashion, their articles aren’t available online. The gist of it is that a lot of younger kids think the typewriter’s mechanical and single-purpose nature is neat. It mentions our local typewriter repair shop, Twin State Typewriter over in White River Junction, and the fact that they now seem to have a waiting list for good used manuals. The article goes on to mention a few local writers who still type up their first drafts on a manual typewriter.
I’ve recently trimmed the collection a bit and moved four of my typewriters down to Tom Furrier at Cambridge Typewriter in Boston, where I traded them for a nice little Olympia SF. Now I have three Olympias and two Royals, all in restored and working condition. I don’t want to stockpile old machines just for the sake of it, so I only kept the ones I enjoy most, and the two that have sentimental value.
Of course, I still want an Olivetti Lettera 32, and you never know what you’ll bump into on Craigslist or at random yard sales…