Whatever happened to my Olivetti?

Like most writers, I have fond memories of my first typewriter. It was a portable Olivetti, the ant’s pants of its day at the cutting edge of technology. It looked great. Elegant and sleek with a shiny black case, it made you feel important. Learning to type was quite a challenge in those days. All trial and error using just two fingers, but it was exciting and a lot of fun. It was the beginning of an extraordinary journey. Who could have imagined that something that began on a simple mechanical typewriter would end up on an iPad connected to the world?

But what became of all those typewriters? What happened to our old friends? No doubt most of them ended up in typewriter heaven. However, others still languish – discarded and long forgotten – on dusty library shelves, flea market stalls, or in the back of storage rooms as casualties of progress. Others more fortunate have found a home in museums as exhibits, to be admired by wide-eyed schoolchildren as an amusing curiosity.

Yet, I like to think of my old Olivetti as a survivor made of sterner stuff. To survive in times of breathtaking progress, you have to change and adapt. But how? What could an old typewriter possibly do today that was relevant and interesting? Well, I know of one that has done just that; spectacularly so. Curious? I bet you are. Just follow the link below (Ctrl+click) and you’ll find out what it is. But be warned: if you’re afraid of laughter, this is definitely not for you. Enjoy!

This is for those of us who have fond memories of what a typewriter was!!!

Yet, I like to think of my old Olivetti as a survivor made of sterner stuff. To survive in times of breathtaking progress, you have to change and adapt. But how? What could an old typewriter possibly do today that was relevant and interesting? Well, I know of one that has done just that; spectacularly so. Curious? I bet you are. Just follow the link below (Ctrl+click) and you’ll find out what it is. But be warned: if you’re afraid of laughter, this is definitely not for you. Enjoy!

This is for those of us who have fond memories of what a typewriter was!!!

 

 


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