Disassembled Typewriter The last typewriter maker in the world, based in Mumbai, shut down last April. Even in remote, rural India, the computer and inkjet printer have rendered them obsolete. When it first came out, the typewriter was a magical device that bridged the gap between expensive mobile type printing and the commercial world's need for legible documents that could be quickly and easily reproduced in short runs. Born 1868, Died 2011. Thanks for 143 years of faithful service.