It’s a -30- for the typewriter industry. The last typewriter company, Godrej and Boyce, has closed its plant in Mumbai, India.
I think the occasion is more nostalgic than sad, especially for those of us who pound the keys for a living.
Most of us of a certain age remember our first typewriter (a black Royal Aristocrat portable), and our first “pro” typewriter (a black Royal desk model at WPOP radio. That typewriter had a rounded hood that had just enough “give” so I could smash my head against it when I got frustrated, and not hurt myself too badly.)
It was only fitting that I began my career on a Royal in Hartford, because Royal and Hartford were synonymous for a long time. My mother-in-law worked at “The Royal,” as did hundreds of others. And with Underwood typewriters also made in Hartford, the city could lay claim to being the “Typewriter Capital of the World.”
Those days are long gone. And soon the typewriter will be too. (Really, how did we ever get by without a “delete” key ot the ability to “cut and paste?”)
We have two Smith-Corona portables in our basement. My wife’s is an electric. It’s been years since we’ve even opened the cases, and I suppose it’s time to get rid of them.
It would be so much harder if they were Royals.