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The first typewriter to be commercially successful was invented in 1868. But, it wasn't until the early 1900s when the "brand-new device" became popular and almost a necessity for aspiring writers and journalists.
I'm a working writer in the 21st century. Although, anyone who knows me knows I'm a vintage girl at heart. My favorite television show is "I Love Lucy." I wear vintage-inspired clothing (polka-dots rule!) and I'm easily inspired by writing from the Roaring '20s, the 1950s, and more. I would happily return to the vintage days, but that's not possible. So, instead of having the ability to time travel, I bring the vintage days to the 21st century.
One way I make this possible is by owning typewriters. I own three of these nostalgic writing tools, and I even once wrote a poem about my love for the "ancient treasure-keep" (found here at the Scarlet Leaf Review).
Writers are craving for typewriters. While most people love modern technology, the typewriter never fails. Documents are never lost. There is no power button. But most importantly, you never have to worry about your typewriter having a virus and ruining your life while you're almost finished writing your novel.
Writers are turning to typewriters to gather a nostalgic feeling in their writing studios. Maybe we want to feel like F. Scott Fitzgerald when he was writing The Great Gatsby in the 1920s. Or, we want to hear the loud tick-tick-tick of the keys when we're typing away on our amazing work. Maybe we just want to use a typewriter because it's different than the current technology world. Either way, we love typewriters and only wish we could use them more often!
What if there were ways to use a typewriter in the modern world? Thankfully, there have been multiple devices developed to allow writers who, like myself, want to engage in the nostalgic, vintage world of typewriters but still produce quick and easy digital content. I'll be honest; whenever I use a typewriter, it takes me a while to type out my work because I have to start over when I make mistakes. Unfortunately, there is no "delete" or "backspace" button on a typewriter. The ink is permanent.
I highly recommend the following products for consideration, as they allow writers to feel like they're using a typewriter while still having access to digital technology:
Finally, below are some of my favorite typewriter-inspired products available for purchase. They're reasonably priced, and I highly recommend checking them out. I love to collect items that feature images of typewriters, or even look like typewriters. I know I'm not the only one who collects these kind of items. Check these out and perhaps purchase these products for your writing studio or for a writer you know!
I hope I have inspired you to reflect on the past. Embrace your love for nostalgic items! It's okay to remember the past. But, maybe it's best to take some of these nostalgic items, update and incorporate them into the modern world. Typewriters are making a comeback through new digital products, like the ones I promoted in this post. I think typewriters will always be around, because there are many people like me who love to travel to the past. Typewriters will never go away, and I'm happy about that!