I so enjoyed this article from BBC News Magazine about typewriters. I learned to type on an electric typewriter in high school (I sacrificed World History for it and hence any chance of ever winning Trivial Pursuit for the rest of my life) and I own an antique Underwood. My Underwood is more of an art piece though as it needs a good cleaning, new ribbons and a good tune up, as most of the keys stick. But I love it; a dear friend bought it for me at a farm auction.
My favorite reason for using a typewriter today is the freedom from electricity; this is always my response when people ask why I still use a day planner to organize my life, or why I write in a journal when I can so obviously type faster than I can write. I hate being dependent on electricity for my creative outlet: writing. I don’t want to have to remember to charge something in order to write. Or read. Don’t get me wrong; I love my e-reader but am often frustrated when I take it out and it says I need to charge it before I can continue reading. Drives me nuts. And the western world is fortunate that we have a seemingly endless supply of juice; no wonder they use typewriters in areas of the world where it is not so abundant or constant.
Anyway my little rant is over. I do realize that if it weren’t for electricity I wouldn’t be able to write this blog, or listen to music, or do my job, or cook, etc. It’s just nice to be able to connect to a simpler time when we weren’t so dependent on it.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year’s Eve celebration. With or without electricity. 🙂