April 26, 2011

The Atlantic Wire
The Daily Mail reported yesterday that the last typewriter factory in the world is closing its doors. (Here’s a reminder about the Daily Mail’s standards.) The report hit twitter and was picked up by mainstream media in the U.S., including USA Today. The death-of-the-typewriter story was quickly debunked, though.

The typewriter is “far from dead,” Ed Michael, General Manager of Sales at Moonachie, NJ-based Swintec, tells us. And he adds Godrei and Boyce is far from the last company in the world making the machines. “We have manufacturers making typewriters for us in China, Japan, Indonesia,” Michael says.

One of Swintec’s most robust markets? Prisons.

> “The Death Rattle of the Typewriter” (2008)
> Who uses a typewriter anymore? (Straight Dope thread from 2006)

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