Last typewriter factory in the world shuts down

By Emil
Apr 26, 2011
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  1. Godrej and Boyce, the last company in the world still manufacturing typewriters, has closed its doors. As a result, if you still want to buy such a device, you'll soon only be able to find used ones, and they'll likely only be available in antiques shops or the like.

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  2. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    I like how you described what a typewrite is. lol

    I think most of us can identify them
  3. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    You know, most of my classmates at the IT-school don't even know that there are mice with balls inside! (mechanical ones)

    Never say never...
  4. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    It just happen last week... My mother lost her wallet in a cab, so we inmediately went to a police station to notify the situation... I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw an old lady typing down the incident in an old typewriter... I just had to take that picture... I'll upload it later when I get home :)
  5. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Well, that makes it official...mechanical typewriters will now become the "must have" implememt of choice for any "serious" writer.
    I give it six months before the relative peace and quiet of public parks and cafe's is shattered by the incessant clack-clack-clack of budding Hemmingway's, Faulkner's and Steinbeck's.

    EDIT: WTH! The correction fluid didn't work on "implement"
  6. dotVezz

    dotVezz TS Enthusiast Posts: 111

    As a mechanical gadgetry nerd, this is really sad to me. My roommate has a small, classy mechanical typewriter and I've been drooling over it for a while now... this just means that it'll be harder to get my hands on one for myself.

    I think I remember when I was a kid, Goodwill always had good old things like this... maybe it's time to go and see if they still do.
  7. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,267   +101

  8. Hate to cite Gawker, but...!5795649/relax-theyre-still-making-typewriters
  9. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 451   +37


    As soon as you know it they will stop making pennies, which will make life easier but it will also be sad...
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,455   +1,758

    Good riddance to typewriters, I say! I used to go through an entire correction ribbon, in the space of a 5 page paper....:eek::
  11. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 638   +56

    maybe now we can finally switch away from qwerty keyboards? ughh, it's probably too late :(
  12. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 726   +224

    Just means they don't know what a pain it is to "defluff" a mouse or how sodding annoying it is to find out, mid-game, that you missed a bit of fluff on the edge of horizontal roller
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,455   +1,758

    Well just one actually. And you know what they say, "there's nothing crazier than a one-balled mouse".........:haha:
  14. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 726   +224

    Except maybe those atrocious, roller-ball mice
  15. I just hope the electricity holds out. D'oh, it is dark in here...
  16. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    msnbc reported that there is still one manufacturer left, after making this same report. So don't fret!
  17. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    Don't overlook the update in Emil's article about the correction.
  18. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    No greater truth has ever been spoken at TechSpot. And then there were those professors who didn't like the fact that you used a correction ribbon. Pristine, I tell you! Pristine!
  19. Doesn't brother still make them? A few office supply stores sell Brother typewriters.
  20. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,926   +185

    Oh it's waaaay too late.
    I tried myself with the DVORAK layout but I spent so much time hunting for keys I gave it up a few days later.
    Still have my rearranged DVORAK keyboard in the closet though :D
  21. I don't know why but I love the clicks n clack sounds my typewriter makes... :)
  22. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    I do know why my typewriter drives me nuts - the 'krikihaki' sounds more like a hammer struck towards a wooden floor, at about 50 words per minute :) - really deafening. Facit sure knew how to make prestigious handywork.

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