Famous typewriters

Many of us enjoy writing, how much more now, since internet and social media are easier to use than those old typewriters some of us started with.
I like to communicate
Nowadays we can be amused watching the old writing tools of famous authors: I enjoyed an article at theatlantic: the hidden world of the typewriter about George Bernard Shaw’s Remington Noiseless 7x typewriter or Ernest Hemingway with his 1929 Underwood Standard, John Lennon’s 1951 Imperial or John Updike’s 1967 Olympia 65-c (I used a similar electric typewriter for my first essays on philosophy), Orson Welles and his 1926 Underwood 4 or Marilyn Monroe’s 1934 Smith Corona Sterling.

Mignon 2 typewriter - 1905, www.antiquetypewriters.com
title=”Mignon 2 typewriter – 1905″,
by antique typewriters, on Flickr




my favorite iconic tool: Nietzsche’s “writing ball”:


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20 responses to “Famous typewriters

  1. Love the antique typewriters! Great images of them. I just happened to pick one up a couple of weeks ago….very excited to photograph it! Best, Robyn


  2. Oh and all the mistakes one had to deal with – so much tippex, and so-oooo many re-typings, and ribbon fainting away to nothing…


  3. How pretty that Mignon 2 is! I remember regularly trapping my fingers between the typewriter keys in the old days. (I was always clumsy 🙂 ) Not so much chance of that now.


  4. My Tropical Home

    We didn’t have such famous typewriters while I was growing up. We had the workman’s Brother, a reliable one for school papers and such. Loved the noise they made and that “ting” at the end of the line. 🙂


  5. I love these old typewriter. My grandpa used to write on one as well and I’m really glad, that my mom kept it for future generations to show and didn’t throw it away like many others did.


  6. Our Adventure in Croatia

    oh yes I remember the one at the top. I used it a lot in my “old days….” together with “carbon paper” as there were no photocopiers. Remember carbon paper to keep a copy of a letter which you were sending?? 😉


  7. Yes I began with one of those – a real ouch machine!


  8. Typewriters are so beautiful aren’t they?!!! I love their sound!


  9. As a writer, I am 100% pleased with the improvement in writing implements – I can’t imagine writing a 150,000 word manuscript without the ease of spell check, cut and paste, and the like – but I do miss the nostalgic twist that typewriters provided in earlier years. Those are the real writing machines from which many masterful works have been created. The clumsiness of the machine didn’t get in the way of their work, and it certainly didn’t prevent the writers’ creative juices from flowing.


  10. Writing is definitely easier now. What I love is that when we make mistakes, it is easy to go back and fix – not like before.


  11. I began my newspaper career in the early 1970s on a 1928 Underwood typewriter. It was great!


  12. vastlycurious.com

    I still have and use a typewriter..I like the sound! Clck, clack, clack!


  13. I remember that I adored the IBM Selectric–my jobs were always secretarial, lots of typing. Now I can’t imagine life without a PC screen and keyboard!!


  14. I attended a secretarial school after high school. ALL MANUAL and taking shorthand, and using “dictation machines” to transcribe from. My first job was for The Royal Typewriter Company when I got out of school. MAN! Things are so much easier now. I’ve seen lots of changes. Some for the better. Some…not so much. Those old machines now look beautiful.


  15. Love them too! I have an old one I rescued in a garage sale from almost 20 years ago. Can’t get it to work, though. I need to find someone who can fix it.


  16. Great images of these beautiful machines!


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