Clickety clack, let's look back: typewriters come back

For most of us, the clicking of a click (or the soft touch of IBM Selectric) are nothing more than memories, or something that is only seen in movies.

But in the few typewriter repair shops that remain in the US UU., The business is booming as a younger generation discovers the joy of the feel and sound of the typewriter, and older generations admit that they never fell in love with it.

What surprises me is that the younger generation likes typewriters again, says Paul Schweitzer, owner and operator of the 80s, founded by his father in 1932. He now works with his son, Jay Schweitzer, 50 years. , and - this summer - a grandson, Jake.

They are sent for repair and restoration daily from all over the country, says Schweitzer. The demand is so great that earlier this year, the family finally opened their own store in. Other surviving stores include the Berkeley Typewriter and the California Typewriter, both in Berkeley, California, and also founded in the 1930s.

According to Schweitzer, Gramercy sold dozens of old typewriters during the holiday season.

Two documentaries, The Typewriter (In The 21st Century) (2012) and California Typewriter (2016), with the collector Tom Hanks, have helped popularize old typewriters among young people.

The American Writers Museum in Chicago has a popular section with seven manual typewriters and an electric typewriter that visitors can try.

Writing for the first time is exciting, especially for younger people, says Carey Cranston, president of the museum, which now presents an exhibition with 16 typewriters used by famous writers such as Jack London. Ernest Hemingway Maya Angelou and John Lennon.

With a pen or a pencil, you can distract yourself by scribbling and, of course, on a computer it is easy to find distractions. But he invented a typewriter specifically for writing. There are no distractions. It's just you and the page, says Cranston.