No, it doesn`t have to do anything with the biggest news today.
No, this one is a short news I almost missed, placed among lots of news on e-mail I got once a week about achievements (and fails 😛 ) in IT industry. The one I am talking about was, actually, the last on the list and I almost deleted it when it suddenly hit me!!! No more??? Oh… :awww:
I am not sure how many of you have heard about Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., a company that is actually a part of a Godrej Group holding, a company that " touches the lives of 400 million Indians who use at least one of our products every single day", as it says on their web site. The forementioned company had a factory they decided to close few weeks ago. As the general manager of factory stated, they didn`t have enough orders lately to keep factory alive. They produced a machine that only 50 years ago was the main thing in every office of every company that considered itself serious.
Yes. A typewriter. Ladies and gentleman, the last factory on entire world that produced typewriters, decided to close it because nobody wanted their product anymore :awww:
What started in 1714. as invention by Henry Mill, after 297 years ceased to exist. Well, not exactly because it will become (or maybe already is) a collectors item. But anyway…
Wikipedia article says that In 1829, "William Austin Burt patented a machine called the "Typowriter" which, in common with many other early machines, is listed as the first typewriter". Those early machines barely looked like latest models most of us remember but even after first 100 years of existence it was still developing.
One of the most important "versions" was the one made by "Sholes and Glidden" from Milwaukee in Wisconsin in 1867. It was the first typewriter with QWERTY keyboard, something that will be accepted by other manufacturers and soon become a standard in typewriters industry, and later in computer industry all over the world.
Prototype of the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, 1873, the first commercially successful typewriter, and the first with a QWERTY keyboard.
The golden era of typewriters was during 50s in 20th century. There is an information that company Smith-Corona sold not less than 12 million typewriters in first three months in 1953. :faint: But when first PCs appeared and started to invade market, a number of typewriters signifficantly decreased. At the beginning of 90s it was still about 50.000 machines sold by Godrej & Boyce but last year they sold only 800. India was the last fortress of typewriters and Godrej & Boyce were making them since 1958. Even Jawaharlal Nehru described them as a symbol of Indian independence and industrialization.
One of the latest models, Canon Typestar 110
From Friedrich Nietzsche, through Mark Twain, William S. Burroughs and Ernest Hemingway, typewriter machine was making its quiet but persistent way through literature and industry, connecting them both in its invisible way. Even my favourite book Neuromancer by William Gibson was written with Hermes 2000 model :yes:
So, time to say good bye to typewriters has come. As many things before, development and advance in technology burried them long time ago but it survived longer than some Spectrums, Commodores and Ataris 😀 And it will be remembered for some time more, until the day, when last one of us who used them, cease to exist in this world as well…
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