Just My Type: Timeless Typewriter Quotes & Ads

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From the mid-1800s to the late-1980s, typewriters were the tools that ruled for professional and personal correspondence. Take a gander at some of these old ads for typewriters and quotes from some of their most notable users!

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“This newfangled writing machine has several virtues. It piles an awful stack of words on one page. It don’t muss things or scatter ink blots around. Of course it saves paper.”

— Mark Twain, from his first typewritten letter to his brother, circa 1875.

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“The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon.

–Robert Benchley

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“I don’t have a computer. A computer’s a typewriter. I already have a typewriter.”

— Ray Bradbury

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“I have been under considerable pressure to buy at least a laptop computer. I have always turned the suggestions down for the reason that I have never done creative work on a typewriter. There is to me a lack of empathy.”

— Winston Graham

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“Much as I like owning a Rolls-Royce, I could do without it. What I could not do without is a typewriter, a supply of yellow second sheets and the time to put them to good use.”

— John O’Hara

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“I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

–J.K. Rowling

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“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

— Ernest Hemingway

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1 Comment

  1. Thor 03/31/2018 at 9:48 pm #

    Lovely! Thank you for this blog, a fellow typist.

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