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    • I put this emoji πŸ™ƒ does that mean I'm old? πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ I wrote billions of words with my Olivetti. It was fun to use the typewriter. I talked about it the other day with my older son. He asked me to look for it because he wants to try using it. I will have to look for it..

    • I used to play around with my grandma's typewriter back when I was a kid. She had it well before the age of computers and for a while after I was born she still used it. She doesn't use it any more though, she's moved into the digital age but it's still in her house. No way is she getting rid of it.

    • I took a typing class when I was in high school. Like you, I have never regretted that class - I went from typing papers on a typewriter to using that skill for all of my computer work and play.

    • My mother had gotten ahold of a typewriter when I was young and I used it for a while, but didn't really do any typing on it as I hadn't learned how to type yet. In Grade IX I took a keyboarding class where we learned how to touch type and that was done on typewriters. The keys were all painted over so we couldn't see the letters on them to discourage us from looking down at the keyboard. Those typewriters were not fully mechanical, however, as they were digitized. But I have used a typewriter. Personal computers were still in their infancy when I was in high school.

    • In work, (police) we used typewriters in the early 90's, I didn't have access to a computer and printer until 2000. We were using manual typewriters when I first joined and changing to electric typewriters, with memory, was a huge upgrade.

    • I had two people who used to work for me, both learned on manual typewriters, a man and a woman.

      He learned in the militay, and could regularly type 150-200 words a minute, his fingers were a literal blurr.

      She used to work in communication and could have a face to face conversation, and also at the same time be talking on the phone and type what all three were saying, amazing to watch, but she thought it was normal

      but keyboards vary so much country to country, a fast English speaking typer could become quickly unstuck in other countries

      Three letters just to let you you won't be a fast 'English' typer in Cuba, 2018 -

    • Count me in. I learned on a manual typewriter and am grateful we have advanced to ergonomic keyboards. You could have asked us outright how old we are @StephenL, this is very sneaky. Maybe you should take a poll to see how many people are hunt-and-peck typists. Every so often I take a speed test and I'm usually around 94-96 wpm, but my accuracy seems to get worse, lol. I have always had trouble getting the caps row of the numbers right!