A Typewriter Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Photos: Jack Zylkin OLD MEETS NEW: Three portable typewriters, a Royal [top], a Smith-Corona [middle], and an Underwood [bottom], come out of retirement to serve as keyboards for, respectively, a Dell all-in-one computer, an iMac, and an iPad. In the 1940s, my mother tapped out her college term papers on what was then a snazzy new Royal typewriter. In the …