Typewriters: A New Fad Or A Revival?

By Michael Klopfenstein

May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 4:16 PM EST

Typewriters are coming back into fashion.

Our world is so technologically sophisticated, that a story about communicating in a simpler way, from a simpler time, almost makes us feel sentimental.

Bill Wahl, third generation typewriter repairman from Arizona, is noticing a popularity increase in typewriters.

“The people using typewriters, they are a different group,” Bill says. “They love their typewriters, they are more passionate about the machines and I’ve had more and more interest among younger people.”

English Teacher Ryan Adnay has his students type almost all of their papers on typewriters. His classroom is filled with dozens of machines.

“I think this helps you concentrate more because on a computer there are more distractions,” Ryan says. “There's also no backspace, auto-correct or spell-check. You gotta’ know what you're going to say. You got to make sure it's going to make sense.”

Could this be a new fad, or a revival? Without a doubt, typewriters are coming back into style long after their supposed extinction.

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