It was advertised as a "Type In." When I arrived at the Astoria Public Library, I saw that collectors had brought in their refurbished antiques for all to ogle and use. I typed on manual Coronas from 1919 and 1940, an electric Smith Corona with a Gothic font, a Hermes, an Oliver Standard Visible Writer with top strike, and even a music typewriter that could place notes and symbols on a staff.
At one time the typewriter industry was booming, employing millions of people. Although I learned to type on an old manual typewriter, I would not want to go back. I much prefer the computer keyboard and word processing software.