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  • Writer's pictureJenny Lynn Keller

Prehistoric Email

We discovered a dinosaur in my garage museum this week. A relic many have seen only in a museum. This mechanical contraption is called a typewriter, which was the laptop equivalent in the early to mid-1900s. Yes, smaller versions actually fitted into a box the size of a small suitcase made for travel. And call me crazy, but this chunk of metal had a few advantages over today’s laptop—required no power, recharging, software, or printer. All you did was insert paper, type on the large keyboard, and roll out the printed message. Simple, virus-free, and hack proof. What’s not to love about it? Besides the size, weight, sticking keys, printing ribbon malfunction, mistake correction techniques, and the list goes on.

Have you ever used a typewriter? Or better yet, do you still have one?


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