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Editor's Viewpoint: The end of an era

Published 21/11/2012

The last typewriter to be made in Britain rolled off the production line yesterday.

Computers and printers have rendered it virtually obsolete, used only by legal firms who like to create documents in the old-fashioned manner or by people of a certain age who cannot be bothered with new fangled technology.

Yet it was a device with a noble history, especially in the newspaper industry, where all the great stories of the 20th century were brought to an eager public from the typewriters of traditional hacks. And of course the legions of typing pools kept records of the activities of all kinds of firms which were then lovingly filed away. Memory sticks or cloud data bases just don't have the same appeal.

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