The Resurgence of the Typewriter

MOONACHIE, N.J. -- In a world full of digital media, some Americans are going old school.  People across the country are dusting off their typewriters. 
 
That sound, etched in many of our memories, is one writer Michael Leslie craves. 
"Then you go to the end… you get this fabulous, ding!" 
 
Now, those dings may be coming back to life.  At this last U.S. typewriter manufacturer in New Jersey, sales are booming.
 
"We're seeing good business." 
 
Dominic Vespia owns Swintec where workers are dealing with 3,000 backorders. He says in this computer driven world,  typewriters provide privacy.
 
"Homeland security is buying orders from us. You can't hack a typewriter," Vespia says.
 
Prisons are another big client, since internet access is blocked for many inmates. 
 
Ed Michael, Swintec's sales manager thinks people just need a break from the digital world.
"You don't turn it on and spend 45 minutes going through your emails or looking at Facebook."
 
Paul Schweitzer is one of the last typewriter repairmen in New York City . He sees younger people rediscovering typewriters.
 


"Wannabe writers find with their typewriters you get fewer distractions and they like the idea of having the letters hit the page," Schweitzer says.
 
Michael can relate. He says his affair began with typewriters twenty years ago.
 
 "When you're writing it's less lonesome, it's not quiet. It's this thing, you have a relationship with this thing. 
 
And it's a love story he intends to keep writing - one letter at a time .
 
(Nikki Battiste, for CBS News)
 


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