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If you are old enough to remember the melodious sounds of a typewriter: the sounds Tomof the keys hitting the roller, the movement of the carriage as a letter was printed, the thunk of the space bar, and best of all, the bell that rang when you reached the end of a line followed by the zipping noise as you push the carriage back in place, then…
If your nostalgic thoughts have been stimulated, read on. Millennials, Gen Xers or anyone else who does not fit the Baby Boomer category criteria, perhaps you just have a natural curiosity regarding retro tools or antiques.

My very first typewriter was a Tom Thumb like the picture. I wrote three issues of a neighborhood newsletter on one of these babies before throwing in the towel. Without copy machines, it was murder typing a copy of the same newsletter for each subscriber.

If you have not sold your old typewriter at the last garage sale, you may just be in luck. Now you can be the first senior citizen on your block to recondition your old manual keyboard into a computer keyboard. Laptops need not apply, but for all tablets or desktops there is a simple kit (taking the company’s word for this) guaranteed to make your modern expensive computer look like an 8th grade science project. All it takes is some retro fitting of an old typewriter.

Now think back! Remember the good old days when they used the line “Hey kids, be the first one on your block to…” have, buy, own, create. The endings for that starter spiel were endless, but enticing. I always wanted to be that first kid on my block. Actually, it was easier for me. I was the only kid on my entire block in my age group. The next oldest child and most of the others living within a block from us were six years or older, than I.
grandeWell, be a first. Remember the lovely smell of typewriter ribbon? Remember the charming shade of black smudge it left on your fingers when a key stuck? Remember getting the keys so jammed and tangled, you needed tech support had it existed?

Finally friends, your waiting for the good old days to return has finally arrived. USB Typewriter has made all of this possible. What? You did sell that old QWERTY tool? Luck is on your side. You can buy the whole enchilada on this site or just the conversion set as needed.All joking aside, the look of the typewriters on this site does make me feel a little nostalgic.


After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.

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  1. On the USB Typewriter website, there is a demo video, showing the typewriter in action. At one point during the demonstration, a sign reads, “Turn off your monitor for an authentic experience.” One cannot help feeling that the instruction, when taken out of its context, applies to life in this age of technology.

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