I wrote my first copywriting projects on a typewriter (I should be posting this on GeezerCopywriter.com), and while that late 70’s electric hardly qualified as an antique, I’m like most writers – I get a shiver up and down my spine when I see a really old typewriter.
That’s why antiquetypewriters.com stopped me in my tracks.
For those stuck on the machines writers formerly used to put words to paper, this site represents the motherload. It’s somebody’s antique typewriter collection, lovingly photographed and put on display for all to see.
In an era when novels are being written on cell phones, big, mechanical, clunky typewriters have undergone a transformation.
From the machines which are recognizably “modern” in design to the oddball constructs, typewriters no longer bear the burden of useful tools; they’ve become little mechanical works of art, and I simply can’t look away.
For those who have never done it, writing on a typewriter demands a level of commitment word processors don’t require.
And while I wouldn’t trade my out-of-control text processor addiction for a typewriter (I can stop anytime I want), I admit writing’s current “fire hose” approach to productivity lacks the elegance of thinking first, and writing second.
The kind of thinking forced on us by clunky mechanical beasts who now occupy museums, not desks.
Keep writing, Tom Chandler.