Once upon a ribbon

It’s a sure sign of my age, I suppose, that I felt a twinge of sadness today when I read Marianne Combs’ post that the alleged last typewriter manufacturer in the world has closed up shop.

Even worse, the first thing I thought of was this:

Most interesting: The firm was still selling 12,000 typewriters a year to someone.

Its last shipment consists of 500 typewriters, which presumably will be a hot item. A classic restored Underwood, for example, currently runs about $1,200. If you really want a typewriter, you’ll be able to find one. They’re still being made, actually.

Why? Because people still want them, of course.

What’s the best part about owning a typewriter? You can get work done without the distraction of the Internet. Also, if you spill beer or coffee on the keyboard, you’re still in business.

Once you try it, you’ll never go back to your PC.

The company says it intends to concentrate on a refrigerator business. We’ll always need refrigerators.

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