Update: Last Typewriter Factory Closing

Update: Turns out the complete death of the typewriter hasn't happened yet.

According to Poynter.org, Godrej and Boyce is not the sole typewriter manufacturing business in the world. There's also Swintec, an American company that boasts typewriter plants in the Far East.

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The dream of tapping out the Great American Novel on a typewriter has become a nightmare.

Godrej and Boyce, the only company on the planet that had been making new devices, is shutting down its typewriter production plant that's stationed in Mumbai, India.

Up until two years ago, Godrej and Boyce produced between 10,000 and 12,000 of the soon-to-be dead machines, according to the UK's Daily Mail. However, the company is now down to its last 200 typewriters, and they're predominately Arabic language-based.

This means the device that Mark Twain (who claims to have been the first big-deal writer to present a typed manuscript to a publisher) and Jack Kerouac (who, according to urban legend, cranked out On the Road on a single roll of paper) will now be exclusively relegated to pawn shops and estate sales.

There are countless other stories about the typewriter, which was first commercially manufactured in the States in 1867, and its sweeping effect on culture. Art Attack's personal favorite is that of Leonard Cohen, who allegedly sent his airborne and into the Aegean Sea upon completion of Beautiful Losers.

Sorry, but flinging a Compaq laptop into the waters instead of a portable baby blue Underwood Five will never feel as romantic.

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