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InternationalTypewriters in Russia

September 1, 2013

A typewriter in an antique shop. It costs $7.

A typewriter in an antique shop. It costs $7.










In the U.S., typewriters are antiques. (Antiques are old things.) In Russia, they are still used in government offices. Paper documents from typewriters are more secure than electronic documents on computers.

Recently Edward Snowden, a U.S. computer expert, told the world many U.S. and British government secrets. It was easy to do with a computer and the internet.

Russia doesn’t want this to happen, so the Federal Guard Service just paid $14,000 for 20 new typewriters. Each typewriter has a special type. It will be possible to match paper documents to typewriters. This will make it hard for someone to share important government secrets.

Photographer: Garnet Templin-Imel

Published September 2013

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  1. Anna says:

    My grandmother had a typewriter. When I was a child I didn’t have a computer and it was very intresting for me to type something by the typewriter. I kept in my mind it wasn’t easy, you have to press hard on a key.

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