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The world's most beautiful typewriters

Posted on by Mike Evans

Not among the ten, but this German Olympia SG-3 from 1977 was probably the best manual typewriter ever built. I speak from personal experience. It was comfortable, precise, easy to use and the printed results were fantastic for a manual machine

Not among the ten, but this German Olympia SG-3 from 1977 was probably the best manual typewriter ever built. I speak from personal experience. It was comfortable, precise, easy to use and the printed results were fantastic for a manual machine

Before the age of the personal computer I had a thing about typewriters. I had many around the office and several at home. I would obsess about them as we now drool over our electronic gadgets. I ran the whole gamut; from the Underwood No.5, which was first introduced at the turn of the last century, to the IBM Golfball in the 1970s.

This article in Gizmodo features ten of the world's most beautiful typewriters. Some are even too old to have been used by me, but I can claim to have worked on no fewer than three out of the ten.

Even now I love the sound of a manual typewriter: Clackety clack, clickety, click, ZOOM as the return lever swings the carriage back to the start of the line, rattling all the paperclips off the desktop as it goes. No wonder Das Keyboard is enjoying a renaissance among more discerning writers.

Happy days are here again, clackety clack.

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