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Does Anyone Use Electric Typewriters?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I need to get rid of a couple of old electric typewriters, but I would rather give them away than dump them in the trash. Does anyone have any idea if anyone still uses these for any reason? I know there are some writers who are 'old school', but those people usually have antique manual machines that they're sentimentally attached to. I don't know if anyone would have any use for electrics.
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by Margaret
I need to get rid of a couple of old electric typewriters, but I would rather give them away than dump them in the trash. Does anyone have any idea if anyone still uses these for any reason? I know there are some writers who are 'old school', but those people usually have antique manual machines that they're sentimentally attached to. I don't know if anyone would have any use for electrics.

Well, they can be used for torture and interrogation! There was this old IBM electric I had used in the past, it would randomly zap me. Ah, bad grounding and steel body, bliss!
post #3 of 14
I'm sure Goodwill or Salvation Army would take them. They take just about anything.
post #4 of 14
They're very good for forging old letters and documents, particularly the IBM Selectrics with the ability to delete letters, even in very old documents. Ahem - or so I've heard.
post #5 of 14
a lot of law firms still have electric typewriters around for such oddities as completing government forms that don't have writable abode versions on-line but must be typed for submission

so they still do have application

find a store in your city/town that services them and they may buy them for resale or parts
post #6 of 14
I sometimes use a manual typewriter for short notes and other things. I've also seen electric typewriters being used in doctors' offices and police stations.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Good ideas, folks. Thanks.
post #8 of 14
I prefer the typewriter to the word-processor for a lot of letters and quick notes.
post #9 of 14
it is still widely used here in the third world. specially the non-electric kind. i think whoever makes typewriter nowadays have 3rd world government offices as their target market.
post #10 of 14
I use an Olivetti Valentine, which was by Ettore Sottsass:
post #11 of 14
that is one sweet machine. vintage?
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by faustian bargain
that is one sweet machine. vintage?
Yes, late '60s. It is in the permenant collection of the MOMA along with the Olivetti Lettera 22.
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
Yes, late '60s. It is in the permenant collection of the MOMA along with the Olivetti Lettera 22.
labelking, there is a sottsass exhibition at LACMA going on until the beginning of june.
post #14 of 14
LK, that is an awesome-looking machine! I'm jealous.
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