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Goodbye typewriters, hello Anchorage Letter Nerds

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published April 25, 2011

It was a sad week for fans of old-fashioned, resource-consuming communication: The world's last typewriter factory officially closed its doors Monday, according to The Atlantic. The factory, located in -- where else -- India, had about 200 different typewriters, mostly in Arabic languages, left on the market. "Although typewriters became obsolete years ago in the west, they were still common in India -- until recently," the Daily Mail wrote in a feature about the downfall of type tech. "Demand for the machines has sunk in the last ten years as consumers switch to computers." Fans of the written word, however, are organizing in Anchorage, Alaska. The Letter Nerds club meets occasionally around town and was the subject of a KTUU-Channel 2 feature on Sunday night. Read updates from the club at its official website or the Letter Nerds Facebook page.

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