Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The End of Typewriters
Sad news in the world of typewriters.
I heard on NPR this morning that the last company to make typewriters is closing down. They only have about 200 typewriters left in stock.
I saw an ad for the amazon kindle this evening and it got me thinking about the progress of technology. I know a lot of book stores have been hurting quite a bit lately due to online book sales. Powell's Book, a local bookstore, recently let go of a number of employees. Record stores have been closing left and right the past couple of years due to the iPod and online music sales. It's so interesting how some of these things that were so common are slowly becoming obsolete.
Typewriters have been one of my favorite subjects to paint for a few years now. I love that these beautiful machines, are now totally obsolete. They have been overlooked and ignored for decades and I find that so interesting, because they use to be one of highest forms of technology.
It makes me wonder when, or if, computers will be outdated and what will replace them.
I hope that one day I'll be able to own my own collection of typewriters. I have two and that's a start! :)