California Typewriter

I recently watched a documentary that I would recommend you see.

California Typewriter is a portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others.

It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. Though the documentary centers on the typewriter repair shop, it is about so much more than broken keys and busted type wheels. It’s really about how we create art.

Here’s a trailer: LINK

And here’s an excellent review:  LINK

I was so inspired by the documentary that soon after watching it, I went to Vale Typewriter in Richfield and bought a Smith Corona portable.

Believe it or not, when I began working for IBM in 1970 as a technical writer, I typed the manual text on my good old IBM Selectric.  Proof of such is provided via the photo below. (Yes, IBM hired me, even with that long hair!)


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