HR Strange But True!
March 29, 2012

Oh for the olden days when “keying” was “typing.”  For those of you who have nostalgic dreams of pounding on mechanical typewriter keys, a self-titled “maker of contraptions and prestidigital datamancery” is producing keyboards that will take you back to the future—and beyond.

The Datamancer has created retro—and art deco—keyboards that are works of art in metals such as aluminum, copper, and engraved brass. Some feature old typewriter key fonts and row slants, and one is based on a 1920s “machine age” keyboard. And a few feature leather and velvet inserts.

One Datamancer keyboard creation is so preplastic, it conjures visions of George Washington’s teeth—it’s wooden! And it’s made out of wooden Scrabble tiles! The website says the key/tiles are “ all hand-beveled (truly an exercise in patience/masochism!) and built onto a USB, clicky, mechanical-switch keyboard.”

Ah—clicky! Those were the days—when you heard people working.

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