Tom Hanks Explains Why Typewriters Are Making a Comeback

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Here's why you shouldn't get rid of your parents' typewriter just yet.

Jul 15, 2014 | 03:36 PM

Tom Hanks loved typewriters before they were cool. 

The multiple award-winning actor, who even wrote a love letter to them for the New York Times, admitted, "the tactile pleasure of typing old school is incomparable to what you get from a de rigueur laptop." He also believes "the sound of typing is one reason to own a vintage manual typewriter" and that "there is [a] sheer physical pleasure of typing."

And now, there might be a new reason why some are giving this romantic instrument a second look.  

Tom shared an article from the Guardian that says German politicians are considering a return to using manual typewriters for "sensitive documents," due to concerns related to online surveillance and espionage.

And the Germans aren't the first ones. Back in 2013, Russia's Federal Guard Service (FSO), which is in charge of safeguarding Kremlin communications, said that a return to typewriters was in the works due to the publication of secret documents by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.  

So in addition to the tactile pleasure of typing, those concerned with online privacy may now find a strong ally in the Tom Hanks-approved old-school typewriter. 

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