There is the iconography as well, of the great writers lugging their typewriters into foreign countries and battlefields. One feels that one will be able to write great things on it as they did. When I established it there, before I bought the laptop, I thought, "I shall go and make myself write in there, poetry that can be copied back to computer easily." This one feels like it weighs as much as our computer, monitor, speakers and keyboard combined, probably with the surge bar thrown in for good measure. There was a "portable" which I already parted with in it's own suitcase, weighing as much as four laptops. I'm not sure what to do with it. For a while I played with the idea of it as art--but it needs to be alone on suspended glass shelves in a room with leather and chrome furniture.
And the problem with a conversation piece is that they need to be used judiciously. A room full of conversation pieces is just cluttered like wearing to many fantastic pieces of clothing at once.
And, unfortunately, I have seen Naked Lunch, the Cronenberg film, too many times to be entirely comfortable with a typewriter lurking in the dark waiting to spread it's beetle wings and gut my laptop.