Earlier this week, the last manufacturer of typewriters, throughout all of planet earth, ceased its operations. That is, the antique machines will exist only as such: relics of the past…
it’s an invention that revolutionised the way we work, becoming an essential piece of office equipment for the best part of a century.
But after years of sterling service, that bane for secretaries has reached the end of the line.
India-based Godrej and Boyce – the last company left in the world that was still manufacturing typewriters – has shut down its production plant in Mumbai, India with just a few hundred machines left in stock.
Like many kindred punks, I held out hope that we could save typewriter production as we had the vinyl records industry, but alas, the old Remington has gone the way of the Polaroid. Fonts don’t do the trick, and no hipster app is capable of consoling the hole left in this doomed to die art of mixtape labels and crush art salutations.
“xoxo” will never read the same…