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Typewriter Typefaces

This is a typewriter.

Unlike many of millennials today, I had the blessing and curse of growing up with parents who are stuck in the past. I have seen a typewriter in real life. I knew how to use a typewriter as a kid, because grew up with a typewriter in my house! I am talking late 90’s and early 2000’s. Computers have now been out for a while.

I think typewriters are beautiful! There is a certain nostalgia I feel when I see one. And lately I have been thinking I would like to own one of my own.

We have all at one point or another used the typefaces American Typewriter or Courier. The terms “typewriter typeface” or “typewriter fonts” is used to described typefaces that were designed to be used with the typewriter machine. What many of us don’t realize is that there were a variety of typewriter typefaces—not all of them looked like Courier.

Typewriters made their debut in 1874. And since then, they have gone through many design changes. Typewriters are far from being dead. There is a new movement of typewriter enthusiast who are working to re-popularizing the use of the machine. Followers of this movement include actor Tom Hanks and musician John Mayer.

Here is a link to some but not all of the typefaces available for use with the typewriter.

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