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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Top 5 Best-Known Typewriters to 21st Century People

Typewriters have enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the last fifteen years. The internet is awash with posts on forums asking "Found this in grandma's closet. What's it worth?" Younger people are turning to vintage technology to find their creative spark.

So, what models are the Internet generation looking at the most? No figures exist, but based on my own searches and perusal of online auction sites, I came up with five machines that seem to be enjoying the most attention.

1. IBM Selectric



So many people were acquainted with this machine during its reign of the office world. Even if a person didn't use it, they certainly heard about them. While the daisy wheel "wedge" typewriters eventually replaced it and are more commonly found today, the Selectric's reputation is still going strong.

2. Hermes 3000



A well-made typewriter that seems to be in a class of its own. It became "internet-famous" after Larry McMurty's infamous speech in 2006. Since then, the Hermes 3000 has received a new lease on life. Some love it. Others hate it. The speech got so much attention from online sellers that the Chicago Tribune did a piece about it.

3. Lettera 32



Yes, the Lettera 22 should be here (being a groundbreaking design and all), but since Cormac McCarthy's personal typewriter sold for over $250,000 at auction in 2009, the Lettera 32 has usurped its predecessor in online attention.

4. Quiet Deluxe



It's not hard to get noticed when you've got crinkle paint and glass keys. These have become popular as display items as well as writing machines.

5. Underwood No. 5/Royal 10




I've read a lot of articles on creative writing, whether it's about the publishing industry or advice about the craft itself. Lots of blogs and other websites use pictures of typewriters to set the mood of their piece. It's usually one of these two. They've been used in hundreds of Hollywood movies, recent titles including Misery and The Artist.



Agree? Disagree? What are your picks?


Power to the pen!

6 comments:

  1. Your list is right on the money, Taylor :) The only model I would suggest adding would be the Underwood F-series portables: since its appearance on Netflix's "House of Cards", they have been fetching outrageous prices on eBay.

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    1. That's a good one to mention. Nice to see a few face over here!

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  2. You missed a machine ALL OVER the internet, the Olympia SM3
    But this is a pretty good list, 4 of the 5 I expected to see. Wasn't thinking the Selectric would make it.

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    1. True, the SM3 has a good deal of exposure. It wasn't easy coming up with only five.

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  3. Oliver no.9
    It's like typing on a miniature pipe organ.

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    1. Now there's an idea: make up an attachment for a typewriter, which would play a different note or chord for each key when it was depressed. You could become and author and composer at one time. Maybe have two or three configurations, so you don't get the same tune when type your address or some other repeating letter arrangement.

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