To col­lector Steve Sobo­roff, his prized vin­tage typewriters—once owned by the likes of Ernest Hem­ingway and John Updike—hold a tal­is­manic power. “The idea that geniuses sat there and accom­plished what they accom­plished on these type­writers… it gives me the chills,” Sobo­roff says. But to North­eastern Uni­ver­sity art director Bruce Ployer, curator of the newly opened exhibit Celebrity Type, they’re first and fore­most beau­ti­fully designed objects—hence why the wall text lists each machine’s model and year first, in a larger font than that accorded to the famous name of its former owner. “For me,” Ployer says, “the type­writer is the star.”


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