Saturday, April 30, 2011

No more typewriters

Since the mass production of typewriters in 1868 the manual typewriter with it's carriage return bell, inky ribbons and finger nail breaking key spacing has been used to produce menus, letters and literary masterpieces. In fact, anything that could be written was typed out.

The IBM Selectric typewriter (IBM Golfball) model which was introduced in 1961 was the epitome of modern.  It featured a fixed platen, multi font capability and a rotating type ball that along with the ribbon moved from side to side. 

Technology crept into the office with the advent of the electronic typewriter back in the late 70's. The first versions where as large as standard electric models and had very touch sensitive keys.  Later versions featured mini lcd screens, so that the typist could proof read the text, before printing it onto paper.  

Computers with their word processing power, have become common place in offices and homes around the world. Texting and e-mails are now sent in place of telegraphs, telexes, letters and phone calls. The end of the typewriter era is here -  the last typrewriter manufacturing company - Godrej and Boyce (Mumbai, India)  will no longer be  supplying traditional bodied typewriters, due to lack of demand.  The factory is rumoured to be set to become a refrigerator manufacturing plant. 

The Swintec  company based in Moonachie, New Jersey, however, still manufacture clear body typewriters for governments, prisons, training and correctional facilities around the world.

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