We reported sometime ago that the India-based typewriter manufacturing company known as Godrej and Boyce had closed its doors, and we suppossed that meant that no typewriters would ever be on the market again. I guess we all felt that way for a good reason, I mean, with computers and notebooks and countless other ways to get your thoughts on paper, who needed a typewriter, really?
Well Hammacher Schlemmer realized that there may be more than just a few old school devotees who pictured themselves click clacking away at the next great novel, and has brought back from the dead, a newly manufactured manual typewriter. Forget about the next great novel, I’ll just be happy to be able to address an envelope without having to read my printers instruction manual and figure out how to use the envelope tray. Geez.
Unlike old refurbished models, The Classic is newly manufactured to the exact standards of the originals, complete with seven tab stops, adjustable line spacing, and a backspace key. “This 44-key machine produces 88 symbols in 10-characters-per-inch Pica 87 font—the typeface used to compose some of the greatest novels, screenplays, and poems of the 19th and 20th centuries.” Pretty Cool.
The typewriter is contained in a lightweight plastic housing with a hardshell carrying case, and comes with not only a black ribbon, but a red spool ribbon as well, just in case you really need to get your point across..
The Classic Manual Typewriter is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for around $199.95. For more information about this product, please visit www.hammacher.com