have you ever used a typewriter?

Philippines
November 5, 2008 12:13pm CST
i get across typewriters today and i realized that this machine are now considered something from the past especially with the evolution of computers and technology. i would remember way back when i was in primary, elementary and high school all our projects and reports are done using the typewriter. well during that time the use of computers is not as rampant as today that every house owns at least one PC. have you ever used a typewrite? how was the experience? who still uses a typewriter in this day and age? please share.
7 responses
@mymelodake (1339)
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
Hahah well, when I was doing my on the job training in college at a local branch of an insurance company, one of the tasks they assigned to me was to use the typewriter to type up their customers' infos on their cards. I was sooo bad at it and I messed up so many times. It was a good thing that I had my handy liquid eraser with me LOL. It helped, though not by much. The cards still turned out horrible. I never really learned how to use the typewriter properly. In elementary or high school, we are supposed to be taught how to use it, but the subject wasn't included in our curriculum at that time, I have no idea why. My younger brother underwent "typing training" LOL and he was several batches lower than us. Anyway, since I started working for the family business, I had more "encounters" with our old run-down typewriter (my mom prefers to call it "antique" LOL). The keys get stuck a lot and I keep telling my parents that we are in dire need of new technology LOL. I use it a lot less though since I no bring my laptop to work everyday.
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
i bet you are pretty good with typewriters now that you are getting acquainted with it most of the time. thanks for the post friend.
@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
6 Nov 08
oh yes, I used typewriter before like in the 1990's. I even have my own typewriter but I just used that a few times. When I started o learn how to use the computer, I junk my brand new typewrite. It is just sitting in the corner now. I thought of selling that but I am not sure if there is anybody interested to buy typewriter now that almost everybody has computer?
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
same with me we own a portable typewriter at home that we used before we had our computer not it is one of those appliance that just collects dust in the corner. i think we can sell it someday. it becomes a vintage stuff from the past. happy weekend!!!
@inder86 (566)
• Gibraltar
6 Nov 08
yes but about many years earlier in office near to my home. i use to play with it a lot. i increased my typing speed on it. now as that office has also switched to computers now i miss that . thanks for reminding me those days.
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
thanks for sharing your experiences with typewriters. have a great day!!!
@toddsarm (766)
• Canada
6 Nov 08
yes I have many years a go
• Philippines
6 Nov 08
thanks for the post. how was your experience with typewriters?
• United States
5 Nov 08
We do use them at work. I'm a juvenile intake officer (cop who arrests juveniles) and some of our forms are in triplicate. They have to be typed, so we use the typewriter. It has enough pressure to punch through all 3 pages whereas our printer does not. My youngest niece didn't know what a typewriter was, but she can type very well on a computer though.
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
hello, thanks for sharing. i can see old typewriters in office in my place too. i think even if we are in the age of computers there are still some who prefers using a tool from the past. have a great day!!!
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
13 Mar 13
yes,when i was in high school i always used our type writer to create and make our project in the school,until the time that we already had computer and gradually type writer will suddenly begone,and i haven't see anyone who still use type writers.
• United States
19 Nov 08
I am in my early forties. When I was in 10th grade we took Typing Class, where we learned on both manual typewriters (hammer/strike) and electric typewriters. But when I was very little my mother had a huge dinosaur of an electric typewriter at home that was made in the 50s, and I used to type on it for fun. So by the time I was taking Typing Class in high school I was already typing 100wpm! When I entered the workplace at 18 we had IBM Selectric typewriters with changeable elements (also called "golf balls") in them offering fonts like Courier, Prestige Elite, Script and Letter Gothic in 10- and 12-pitch. (Very advanced, ha.) Then we got a very fancy Wheelwriter typewriter with a skinny 2-line digital display above the keyboard that stored data before it was typed out -- a couple pages I think. And then I was working on computers from 1986 on. But I found an old compact (foldable) Corona 3 typewriter which was carried by an Army chaplain during WWII that I bought for very little money at an estate sale some years ago. I put an old red and black ribbon in it and it types just fine to this day. I love typewriters. I love anything simple and ingenious that transcends from gadget to tool and doesn't need one little spark of electricity!