New Typewriters?

I’ve been out of the loop for quite a while… Life gets busy. So busy that I don’t even have time to typecast this post. However, my wife shared something she came across and I thought I’d pass it on, though, as I already stated, I’ve been out of the loop for so long that this may come as old news to the rest of you. If so, I apologize for my redundancy.

Here is a link to read about what appears to be new typewriters. I don’t know much about it as I’m sharing this on the run.


9 thoughts on “New Typewriters?

  1. Someone on Facebook recently pointed these out, and someone else actually bought one! The report is that the quality is typical of Chinese-made typewriters, unsurprisingly. But I think the design is charming and I’m glad that they are being marketed. If all goes well, I will publish a little interview with the designer of the shell on my blog.

    • In a picture it seems swell enough, though the shell looks like plastic. Am I seeing that correctly or it is that merely the look of the finish? It IS a very nice and clean design which reminds me of an Olympia.

      What puzzles me is, with so many bullet-proof vintage machines to be had for pocket change, why would anyone buy a Chinese machine of inferior quality? And despite the modern interest in typewriters, I suspect the supply of existing, well-functioning machines exceeds the demand by a long shot, which makes launching into a modern production seem risky.

      In any case, I hope the maker does well in this venture. If nothing else, it’ll be interesting to see how a new machine does in the market, which is probably a question many of us have had in our mind.

      • true, if only they could put in the quality equal to say a Brother JP-1 or Silver-Seiko of the 70’s-80’s. Heck, that’d be enough. Sadly, the things are somewhere a step above a Buddy-L toy, and they cost what you’d pay for a pristine 50’s machine at high market value, and those are still plentiful. I’m not sure the economics would ever work out. /:

        PS: great to see you again, even on the run (:

      • I’m almost certain the shell is plastic. As for why people would buy this instead of a classic, they may feel nervous about buying something old that probably needs cleaning and repair. Or it may not even have occurred to them that they could buy a typewriter; then they see one in person, brand new, and it’s cute, so they go for it. You can see some delighted reactions among scrapbookers on Instagram:

      • There are so many quality machines out there to be saved and used, perhaps people who get turned onto typewriters via these new models is actually a great thing because it will lead them to discover a whole new world of vintage machines to enjoy.

  2. I’m just happy to have a brief moment to post. I used to wonder why people seem to disappear or abandon their blogs — now I know why. Life happens. I really do miss being around here and chatting with the usual suspects. I hope you’re all doing well.

  3. Thank you for this, I’ve seen it mentioned elsewhere, too.

    Regarding blogging, I’ve found consistency is better than content; meaning that your audience of regular readers are more likely to keep reading when you post every week or so, even if it’s not typecast or fancy, just something, anything.

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