The Carriage Returns
The Carriage Returns
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Tinseltown’s Tom Hanks recently revealed he had come up with a new iPad app, called Hanx Writer,  that recreates the nostalgic sense of typing on a manual typewriter – and immediately it topped iTunes store chart.  The app allows users to type emails, letters and stories on a virtual typewriter, accompanied by the ersatz sound of clanking keys as each character appears on the page beneath the type hammer.


The latest step back in time and type also came this week at the The Times newspaper, who replaced their mood music in the newsroom with that of the clattering of manual typewriter that was more familiar in the “hot metal” era of Fleet Street.   The move was intended to inspire their young hacks as they pump out the scoops. 


The appeal apparently lies in hearing the rhythm of one’s work, because even when you type on a computer, the sounds the typewriter makes will make you feel like you’re composing something special. And every Sunday at the Ballard Farmer’s Market, the carriage returns in more than a rhythmic way in the guise of “William the Poet”, an urban curiosity  – a poet of passersby, a vendor of verse – who, with his trusty old manual typewriter, creates poems on the spot from bystanders’ requests and sentiments. You can see more of his work at


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1 Comment

  • A Vendor of Verse... Love it
    Ahhh, the World is coming back to its Senses 😉