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When Did You Last Use A Manual Typewriter?

Produced in the early 1900s, the Smith Premier No. 2 typewriter has a double keyboard — capital letters are separate from lowercase letters. It's not a visible typewriter: The keys strike under the carriage, so the typist could not see what he was typing.
Erica Smith

“St. Louis on the Air" online producer Erica Smith is oddly excited about typewriters, so we’re letting her run with it.

While Henry Goldkamp told "St. Louis on the Air" listeners about his typewriter-based project and book "What the Hell is St. Louis Thinking?," we asked about your typewriter stories.

I may be a bit biased — I have several manual typewriters at home, including the Smith Premier No. 2 seen here. Each typewriter sees infrequent use (usually around birthdays and holidays). Pounding the keys on a 100-year-old typewriter is much different from pecking on a computer keyboard, and you don't realize how much you use backspace until it's gone.

Here are the typewriter stories and memories you shared with us:

Share your typewriter experiences in the comments below, or on Facebook.

“St. Louis on the Air” discusses issues and concerns facing the St. Louis area. The show is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and hosted by veteran journalist Don Marsh. Follow us on Twitter: @STLonAir.

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