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1986: Manual typewriters for “writers and old ladies”

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1986 article on manual typewriters

From the Sydney Morning Herald, March 17, 1986.

Ah, leaders of the early typewriter insurgency: writers and old ladies!

Read the rest of this feature here: The clackety-clack ping! machines still have their place.

© 2013, Mark Adams. All rights reserved.

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  • Richard P December 22, 2013, 8:19 pm

    I’m surprised that 3/4 of New Yorker writers still used typewriters in 1986. Interesting clipping.

    • Mark Adams December 23, 2013, 12:59 am

      That figure surprised me too. I wonder what the percentage is today. Certainly, in this digital age, it’s probably low. In any case, the file copy probably has to be submitted online.

  • Ton S. (I dream lo-tech) December 22, 2013, 8:55 pm

    We typospherians, writers, and old ladies don’t want to be retrained!
    Richard, perhaps not too strange considering that Olivetti produced the Italia 90 for reporters covering the World Cup in 1990.

  • Steve K December 23, 2013, 1:32 am

    As if old ladies can’t also be writers and vice versa!

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