Friday, May 22, 2015

Paul Smith, typewriter artist, achieves posthumous fame

A 2004 story on impressive typewriter artist Paul Smith, who had cerebral palsy, has recently gone viral. (The video has 13,000,000 hits as of today.)

Here is a back story about the recent swell of interest in this news report.

Thanks to Bill MacLane for recommending this post.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The insurgency reaches India

We've seen quite a few typewriter stories from India, but they tend to be melancholy ones about the end of typewriter production at Godrej, the decline of the traditional typing school and street typists, and so on.

Here's some good news, though:

“It feels great to be needed,” he says. “Kids these days are turning to, and enjoying, these machines everybody was getting rid of 15 years ago. If there was no appreciation for these machines, we would have shut shop. It gives us a real lift.”

Read the story here, with glimpses of several typewriter shops that are hanging on, and even thriving, in India.

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