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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

On the subject of typewriters, this piece from the Wall Street Journal is timely...

"Death Keeps Typewriters Alive, Clacking...Funeral Homes a Key to Survival; Function Follows Forms" by Laura Kusisto

"Swintec, a New Jersey typewriter company, is one of the last manufacturers standing in a dying industry. What has helped keep it alive? Funeral homes.  Funeral directors in a handful of states must tap out death certificates on a typewriter, relics of the days when the machines represented a modern improvement over an undertaker's handwriting.  "If they run out of typewriter tape, they're out of business," says Edward Michael, a Swintec executive." 

This article appeared August 22, 2013, on page A1 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal

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