An open letter to the typewriter

Dearest Typewriter,

It was in the early 1800s that you were born to a brilliant Italian father named Pellegrino Turri. Your mother was a blind woman named Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzono, who taught you that with enough stroke and ambition you could create anything you wanted.

It was not long before you fully blossomed and discovered the power of your outer QWERTY. Your newfound maturity taught you how to SHIFT to new heights, and America would see its first novels being published as a result of the work built from your strong and steady arms.

By the early to mid-1900s, you were all the rage. The spotlight was yours as you reinvented yourself as a sleek and sexy electric model. Writers couldn’t keep their hands off you as they feverishly worked each and every key on your body, resulting in the birth of new and exhilarating literature. For almost two centuries, the world hung on your every word.

But with time, your looks began to fade and the writers stopped coming. Whispers of “PC” and “Laptop” began to reach your ears as two new ladies appeared on the scene. They were bold, efficient, and exciting. With an allure so powerful that not even the greatest writers could resist, you found yourself alone, scared, and desperate.
However, there was a glimmer of hope. India still held strong in their belief of you. Continuing the tradition you started, the people of India held fast to your ways. That is, until the great and seductive empire of PC and Laptop found its way to your new haven. It would be there that you would find your resting place. Cradled in the arms of Godrej & Boyce, you would breathe your last in April of 2011.

Our beloved typewriter, thank you for over 200 years of faithful service and for being an inspiring example of steadfastness in the face of adversity. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. The whoredom of PC and Laptop may claim your QWERTY, but they will never have your stroke.

– Adam

Peace and love,
Adam C. Mock
Medallion Media Group

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