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What to do with an Old Typewriter

Updated on August 15, 2014
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Laura has been photographing historical, abandoned, and rural ruins in Ontario since getting her first digital camera in 2006.


Typewriters are about as useful as a dinosaur in modern times, so you think... But, there are some people who are not quite willing, ready or able to give up the old typewriter yet. Myself, I still like the old sound of the clacking keys, but with a modern keyboard (it's so much easier on the fingers).

Typewriters are still being made into art, they have a place in creating music and some are being broken up to become jewellery and sculpture. It's a bit sad to see an old typewriter get broken up into bits, but at least it's not just being sent to the dump in disgrace or melted up to become a new car, eventually.

Of course, there will always be people collecting things and wondering what they are worth, typewriters are not an exception. What is your typewriter worth?

Vintage Silver Typewriter Charm

Writers Block – a vintage solid sterling silver typewriter charm with moving parts, hung from a 46cm dainty sterling silver necklace & finished with the sterling VJC tag.
Writers Block – a vintage solid sterling silver typewriter charm with moving parts, hung from a 46cm dainty sterling silver necklace & finished with the sterling VJC tag. | Source

Just Because Your Typewriter is Old Doesn't Mean It's Dead!

A typewriter isn't so antiquetated that it can't still have some practical use, as a typewriter - a typing machine.

Black Spruce Hound suggests:

  • typing invitations and thank-you notes (great for people with less than great handwriting)
  • holiday cards and recipes (things you can't easily print from the computer)
  • poems and quotes (give them an older and decorative look)
  • ransom notes and hate mail.

Beautiful Old Typewriters on Planet Oddity

Typewriter in ASCII Art


USB TypeWriter conversion !


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    • That Grrl profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Brown 

      8 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      That'll teach you to lose your keys...! :D

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      John D Nathan 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      Yes, though I think your first picture sums it up quite nicely. I converted several of my old typewriters into decorative keychains. They weigh thirty pounds and they'll ensure I never misplace my keys EVER AGAIN.

    • That Grrl profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Brown 

      8 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Welcome to HubPages. Doesn't seem like you read my post before you commented. The whole post was about using an old typewriter. Did you have any ideas for new ways to use them?

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      Rajjesh Jain 

      8 years ago from Colorado Springs

      use it!


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