Friday, January 30, 2015

Soboroff Typewriter Collection at Paley Center for Media

Back in the day, before laptops and tablets and the like, we used typewriters to capture and format our words. (I won't get into your words-per-minute being a bragging right back in high school, as well as a factor in determining early job opportunities.)

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills has a cool exhibition of typewriters owned by famous people. The Steve Soboroff Typewriter Collection features 28 machines, some simple and others beautiful, but all historic. Here you see the typewriter Orson Welles used to write "Citizen Kane." Other machines on display belonged to Julie Andrews, Andy Rooney, Truman Capote, John Lennon, Ernest Hemingway, Rudolph Valentino, Joe DiMaggio and Tom Hanks. The weirdest one had to be Unibomber Ted Kaczynski--at least what remained of his typewriter--as he used some of the metal parts in a bomb.

Yes, I'll stick with my MacBook Pro, but I do like seeing the oldies but goodies that started it all.

Click here for the Paley Center's website.

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