Can you imagine having to type up a 20-page paper and, in order to rearrange sections of text, having to actually take a pair of scissors and a bottle of glue and manually cut and paste your document together?

Before personal computers, typewriters were used to type up letters, finish last-minute assignments, and put together the great novels of the 20th century. So, in honor of all those students and profs, writers and editors, who spent long hours re-working their writings, we’ve titled this typewriter-centric episode Cut & Paste.


Malling-Hansen writing ball 2


The entirety of  “Stenographers” by P.K. Page, for your reading pleasure:

Ernest Hemingway once won a bet that he could write a moving story in six words. He won with this:

“For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.”

Send us a six-word story of your own – post on


Have a favourite film or TV scene involving a typewriter? Tweet it to us @hardcoverradio

Kids are introduced to typewriters. One tries to feed paper in through the side:


If you’re in the Oregon area, you may want to stop by their typewriter exhibit:

These Hemingwrite typewriters look pretty cool! Check out their website:



Contribute to a writing site inspired by The Infinite Monkey Theorem:


Jack Kerouac at his typewriter:












From the Museum of Obsolete Objects


Political use of typewriters:


Some of the many variations of typewriter:

Looking for a typewriter repair shop in the Detroit area?


Famous authors and their typewriters:


Typewriter art:

21st Century documentary on the typewriter: