Although iPads and computers have made the daily use of typewriters, for most people, all but extinct, the fascination with the machines remains based on their historical context.
Through September 25, a new exhibit, hosted by the Gallery 360 at Northeastern University, will be open to the public and will feature typewriters once owned by literary greats like Ernest Hemingway, and musical composers such as John Lennon.
Other typewriters on display will be ones used by Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Barbara Streisand, Joe DiMaggio and the infamous “Unabomber,” Ted Kaczynski, who spent months in his hideaway in the woods compiling his thoughts on one of the devices.
Owned by Los Angeles collector Steve Soboroff, it will be the first time the 14-typewriter exhibit will be on “formal” display, and will also be the collection’s East Coast debut. “I love people who are the best at what they do,” said Soboroff in a statement. “The idea that geniuses sat there and accomplished what they accomplished on these typewriters… it gives me the chills.”