The end has come for what was once hailed as a great step into the modern world: the world’s last functioning typewriter factory has decided to close its doors.
Godrej and Boyce, the last standing typewriter factory, has 500 products left for sale and no intention of making any more.
Located in Mumbai, India, the company had stopped production of new units back in 2009, but it stayed open while sales continued to trickle along.
The last five hundred machines remaining to be sold all come from the company's final line, the Godrej Prima type. Godrej says that it its highest-end typewriter sells for Rs 12,000, about $270.
As recently as the 1990s the company was producing and selling more than 50,000 typewriters per year, almost one third of India’s total annual production.
But as computers started replacing typewriters in India in early 2000 onwards, a slow death became inevitable.
Godrej & Boyce's general manager of operations Milind Dukle told the Business Standard, "From the early 2000s onward, computers started dominating." He added, "All the manufacturers of office typewriters stopped production, except us. [Until] 2009, we used to produce 10,000 to 12,000 machines a year."