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.”

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