In a High-Tech World, a Growing Nostalgia for Typewriters (Boston Globe)


Tom Furrier, who sells and repairs typewriters at Cambridge Typewriter, believes it would be incorrect to dismiss typewriters as relics of the past. The advent of technology has led to a growing nostalgia for typewriters, and Furrier notes that a third of his customers are actually under 30.

“They grew up with digital toys and video games, and they like typewriters because there are no distractions. It’s a single-purpose, so you get in the zone in a way you can’t on computers,” says Furrier. Read the article.


  1. Eric weis says:

    Ok here’s a related but true story from Bowdoin in the late 60s and early 70s.

    The computer center was in the basement of Hubbard Hall. One cinder block room was reserved for the keyboard entry machines which generated ticker tapes. The machines were made by Teletype and they were NOISY. After using them for awhile (weeks?) it became apparent that they had an alternative an unintended use.

    Using the machine for output (text printing), it would print on yellow roll paper endlessly. If you rested on the machine (elbows and head down), after a few minutes, you were in the zone. The constant mechanical clacking had an incredible soothing effect. It came in handy after stressful days or experiences. In my memory, this was always a late night phenomenon, along with midnight runs to Marios or to the local Dunkin Donuts.

    So yes indeed typewriters can get you in the zone. I’ve never found a modern computer keyboard or printer which achieves the same thing.

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