Last typewriter standing

Monday, April 25, 2011

Today the last known typewriter manufacturer in the world announced it is shutting its doors. The Mumbai company Godrej and Boyce, with about 200 mostly Arabic-language typewriters left in stock, sold 50,000 typewriters a year as recently as the 1990’s. Demand dwindled in the west some time earlier, leaving a market primarily for defense agencies, courts, and government offices.

What will happen to our old typewriters when ribbons are no longer manufactured, or old stocks are depleted and dried out?

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