A new study by the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Education has found that many of the popular antique typewriters of the past are no longer the best available, according to the research.
“Most people are going to have a typewriter that is great for their profession, or that they can use for a short period of time,” said Dr. Andrew Naughton, the study’s lead author.
“But some people can use it for much longer than that.
So it’s kind of a dilemma.
If you’re a designer, for example, you have to make decisions on how to use the typewriter and you have a whole series of choices to make.”
Naughson, who is also an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education at UO, and his team of research associates collected typewriter inventory data from nearly 1,000 antique typewriums across the country.
The research focused on the history and popularity of the typewriter industry, as well as the typewribe and typewriter market.
In the U.S., typewriter inventories were collected by the National Archives from 1880 to 1979.
Naughons team then studied which typewriter makers were most popular, based on the inventories.
The researchers found that there was a lot of variation among the makers.
“Some typewriter manufacturers had very different types of materials, some had very little,” Naughts said.
“For example, there are lots of brands of typewritters that are made from wood and steel, and that was made in the 19th century, but then, as we’ve become more technologically sophisticated, that type of material has become more popular.”
Naugts team also looked at which manufacturers were also known for their high prices, using a data set from the International Typewriter Museum, which is available to the public for free.
“There are a lot more things in the market now than they used to be,” he said.
In a recent study, Naughs team found that some manufacturers have moved to more durable materials, and the type of materials used have increased as well.
“In the past, we’d buy typewrites that were made from very high-quality materials like metal and glass, but now, they’re made from cheaper materials like plastic and paper,” Naugs said.
The study also looked to see how much people pay for their typewriter, and found that the average cost of a typewritten is roughly $2,500, up from $1,700 in 1978.
“What people really care about is the quality of the workmanship and the history of the company,” Naunton said.
While some people may prefer a high-priced typewriter because it’s more reliable, the research showed that they don’t necessarily need to spend a lot on their own typewriter.
“People might not need to buy a brand-new typewriter just to use it, but if they are someone who uses their typewriting a lot, then it may be worth their while,” he added.