Chad Comello

libraries, culture, typewriters

Typing it forward

I heard from a neighbor friend that an older gentleman in our community was having trouble with his new typewriter. His advancing dementia made using his computer difficult, so his family got him a Royal Scriptor II from Office Depot to allow him to still write messages.

Let alone that electronic typewriters are not my thing, that the Scriptor was $300 was damn near offensive to me. I told my friend I’d be happy to help diagnose the problem, but also that I’d be just as happy to donate one of my typewriters. This would allow them to get their money back, avoid plugs and cables, and type on something that was made when people knew how to make typewriters.

My Royal Futura 800 seemed like a good option. I was considering selling it, but since I got it for free I thought it would be better to pay it forward. Like Andy’s toys in Toy Story, I think typewriters just want to be used. All the better by someone who will appreciate that use.


  1. Way to go Chad

  2. Good for you, Chad. Let us know how things work out with the old guy and the Futura.

  3. I bet he loves it waaaay more than the wedge! And his hands will already know how to use it. Way to go!!

  4. Well done sir! May the typewriter muse reward you.

  5. It’s great to be able to give someone a nice typewriter.

  6. Way to go, spreading kindness and good karma in world that needs it.

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