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Manual Typewriter: Love It or Leave It?

I have always had a fondness for vintage typewriters, but I can't imagine paying the price for an authentic antique (they can go from anywhere between $100 and $2,000!).

This Olivetti manual typewriter ($125) is a nice compromise. The brand has been around since the early 1900s and this portable style is the very last manual typewriter in production today. It doesn't even require power.

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jmichelle jmichelle 7 years
Love it! Can't wait to get one... A few months ago I was searching online for some in cool colors (orange, pink, blue, purple), but I still haven't seen any purple typewriters unfortunately.
Pink-Crowns-90 Pink-Crowns-90 7 years
i 4 got all about em!! its been a long time, i want one now! but i would never use it.
Calimie Calimie 7 years
I used an old one of my dad's. I loved it, even though I was never a good typist, I didn't have enough strength in my fingers, lol. What I didn't like was its zero delete abilities. Computers win on that one.
Bisque Bisque 7 years
My mother still has hers, a portable one that weighs a ton. She'd give it to me if I asked for it, and it came pretty cheap as it's ancient. She still likes to use it, and I live in fear for the PC keyboard as she sometimes forgets that she doesn't have to press that hard. :P
verily verily 7 years
Leave it. I haaaaaaated using my mom's typewriter to type stuff until my parents finally bought a computer in Junior High. It never worked right and correcting anything sucked.
vitisva vitisva 7 years
I grew up playing with an Underwood pretending I was a journalist Years later I was writing school papers on it
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
My mom used to take me to her typewriting class and they would let me practice. I remember typing a list of all the students in my second grade class for fun. Its what helped me become a faster typer.
alliallialli alliallialli 7 years
I would love to have one of these!
alliallialli alliallialli 7 years
I would love to have one of these!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
* my grandmother's type "writer".
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
Love it. I do not currently have one however I still have my memories of being little and adoring my grandmother's type write. I didn't get to use it often however when she did take it out for some reason, she would leave it out until I came over for the weekend. Though the ribbon getting stuck was a bit of a pain, I still love the classic type writer.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
never liked the typewriter
marinewifey marinewifey 7 years
My sister would love this!
lexichloe lexichloe 7 years
shoot, WATCHED.
lexichloe lexichloe 7 years
I think it's CREEPY. I just watch "Atonement."
pinky-tuscadero pinky-tuscadero 7 years
I can't imagine what it must have been like to type a thesis paper on one of those things :o I have two manual typewriters and use them occasionally when I'm feeling nostalgic. They were purchased at a thrift store in the late 80's and early 90's for $5.00 in mint condition. There is absolutely NO WAY I would pay more than that. NO WAY!!
Mesayme Mesayme 7 years
I love manual typewriters... the sound, the smell of the ribbon... try to hack that thieves! But I sure don't miss the white out...and there was lots of it, I'm a horrible speller.
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