A "Type-In" was held at a pub in Philadelphia yesterday for fans of manual typewriters: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j-LCyFOno-vgEPd9ggMztaA9FeXw?docId=cf969d58d8714405a6bb5393c82f99ed.
Personally, I was more fond of electric typewriters than manual ones. I had an old IBM Selectric office machine from the late 50's at one point. It weighed as much as a boat anchor and hummed loudly when you turned it on.
I grew up around a typewriter because my sister preceded me in school and she had one. Then I got one. I was never proficient on the keyboard - I use a method halfway between hunt-and-peck and fluent typing. After years and years of eraser pencils that tore holes in paper, and goopy whiteout that stuck to everything, and messy carbon paper that smeared and smudged, I considered it a miracle when the word processor appeared. When computers with word processing software and printers appeared later, it seemed even more miraculous. A lot of the novelty has worn off now, though, and I think nothing of it as I edit this blog before I post it.
I still have a portable electric typewriter, but I haven't looked at it in years. I guess I hang onto it for sentimental value more than anything else. It's just another relic of my prehistoric past.
Here's a couple of links from the story: