We live surrounded by tablets, touch screens, touch keyboards, laptops and desktops computers. Owning a typewriter seems so vintage nowadays, that old school device that helped many writers write brilliant books is now gone, well not completely gone since many people still have one but they will no longer be produced anywhere in the world.
Godrej and Boyce, the last company that used to produce typewriters has shut down its production plant in Mumbai, India since there are not many orders anymore.
It has been a long journey for the typewriter, it all began in 1714, when its first prototype was designed by Henry Mill, however the device that would become a must have on every office was not mass-produced until 1868, when Christopher Latham Sholes patented the device. The typewriter became popular in the 1950’s but since personal computers were introduced in the world, sales decreased dramatically, only about 400,000 typewriters had been sold anually by 2009.
That metallic sound after pressing every key, the stained fingers after changing ink ribbons and the almost impossible to correct errors will stay in the memory and old movies, farewell typewriter, you will be remembered by many.