memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

The last type-writer

20th November 2012

Today the last type-writer to be manufactured in Britain came off the assembly line – and can you guess where it’s going?

 Straight into a museum.

Irony of ironies!

Ever since the 18th century in Britain inventors had devised various kinds of «writing machines»

It wasn’t until Remington, then a manufacturer of sewing machines, signed an agreement with a patent holder in the 1870s that the Sholes and Glidden Type-writer was born, coining the name and the QWERTY layout that would prove so universal.

I shall miss the tap-tap-tappedy-tap-click-whirr-zing of a busy office

The plonk-plonk of the crypto novelist

In the attic

Typing out his unpublished

Work of genius

I shall miss the Dear Sir

Yours faithfully

And the Dear Mr. Jones

Yours sincerely

That comfortable pedant’s

Paradise of grammatical



It’s the End of an Era


Comments on: "The last type-writer" (4)

  1. It certainly is the end of an era and I shall miss it too!

    When I was at college learning shorthand and typing, we had to type in tune to the William Tell music, then at the end of the line of music there would be a booming voice on the record shouting “CARRIAGE RETURN” !! And then it would start all over again. Thirty carriages all returning at once! Hilarious now I think about it.

    My very favourite typewriter was the Imperial 66, a wonderful machine! Neverput a finger wrong – well not often anyway! Lol.


  2. jamesboshell said:

    Yup, I learnt to type in Rotterdam in 1968, 1 x man [boy] 45 gorgeous women [girls] I will never forget!!!


  3. i used to work on a typewriter,
    I was horrible and so was it! thank god they’ve passed on!


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