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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.

jmichelle jmichelle 8 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 8 years
i 4 got all about em!! its been a long time, i want one now! but i would never use it.
Calimie Calimie 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 years
I grew up playing with an Underwood pretending I was a journalist Years later I was writing school papers on it
aistea311 aistea311 8 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 8 years
I would love to have one of these!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
* my grandmother's type "writer".
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 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 9 years
never liked the typewriter
marinewifey marinewifey 9 years
My sister would love this!
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
shoot, WATCHED.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
I think it's CREEPY. I just watch "Atonement."
pinky-tuscadero pinky-tuscadero 9 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 9 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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