Uses of a Typewriter

typewriter3MANUAL TYPEWRITERS may be considered as vintage in a touch-screen world, but they are experiencing a renaissance of sorts, and not only among writers arched over their desks like commas. While the comeback has been spurred in part by a vibrant online community (whose blogs and websites are collectively known as the “typosphere”), people of all stripes are rediscovering the virtues of a manual typewriter.

Sure, the devices are bulkier and heavier than a laptop or tablet. But consider their merits: They use neither cords nor batteries (in fact, no electricity at all) and are visually striking. They’re also more compact than any computer-printer combo, and they sit more charmingly in parts of the home where newer technology might seem out of place.

And then there is the sensory appeal: that gloriously energetic sound, the tactile pleasure of pressing down on a mechanical key and watching the hammer swing up to leave its imperfect mark.

Admirers of the manual typewriter’s carriage (and clacks and pings) have figured out ways to integrate these machines into everyday life. Here—culled from exuberant newbies and hard-core enthusiasts—are some clever but thoughtful means to make an on-page impression the old-fashioned way.

As a guest ledger. Manual typewriters can make a sophisticated alternative to residential guest books. Julian Furtado, a 33-year-old magazine editor living in Goa, installed her grandfather’s vintage Brother Typewriter in the guest room of her apartment after she and her fiancée restored the machine. “It’s kind of a ledger,” she said, “a page where house guests can write quick little notes.” Mr. Sancton compiles filled pages into a booklet of remembrances.

To craft personal missives. A typewritten note makes more of an impression than a bouquet of flowers or bottle of Wine. Arun Dixit, a 36-year-old author, turns to a manual Godrej Typewriter for thank-you notes. A typewriter is also ideal for composing indelible condolences, congratulations and even business letters. “My old boss at Random House gifted the vintage typewriter to me that I use as much as the sticking keys will allow,” said Ms. Sathe. “It’s making me a more polite person.” Jay Gomes, a 33-year-old filmmaker, writes all of his important letters on a typewriter. “If you really want to make a statement as to how much thought you’ve put into something, there’s nothing better than sending an error-free typewritten letter,” he said. “You make one mistake, and you start all over.”

For labels, notecards and irregularly shaped paper. Manual typewriters accommodate a wider range of paper sizes and stocks than a typical inkjet or laser printer. Zaheer Shaikh ,37, is a manual-typewriter-technician-turned-chef who is currently a manager at popular restaurant joint in Mumbai. He regularly types recipes on index cards for better legibility. Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter uses his Brother 3000 to create “labels for files and such.” The typewriter’s appeal for Ms. Kowalksi and Mr. Carter goes beyond the visual. “I love the sound of a manual, the look of a manual and the feel of a manual,” said Mr. Carter.

Many people love the clicking sound of the typewriter, so lets bring the typewriter back in fashion.

Look for it in OLX and if lucky you might get one at cheap price.


Sam Parulekar

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Sam Parulekar is the Founder of He has over two decades of training experience and writes extensively on Technical and Behavioral topics. He is the author of articles and books, teaching how to use your mental tools and inner powers to create a life of happiness, success, fulfillment and inner peace.

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