Fountain pen, typewriter collecting,
and maybe more.
I did a shorthand and typing course when I left school Bill, it was very useful for secretarial jobs. Must admit I haven't used an actual typewriter for a very long time but the typing I use everyday on the computer.
I count my blessings that platen knobs are the only issue I had on Hermes 3Ks - not sure if I'd dare contemplate platen removal. I always sample down my scans to page width (640px in my case) and upload left aligned and actual size. This works OK except for very long vertical scans (sometimes two joined) when Blogger says "no" and throws them up narrower and not in fact actual size.
Must input typewriters! :D
My typing class in year 8 was total crock. I hated it. I could already type fast, but the drills - as we say in Australia - s**t me to tears. I was one of two boys in the class, and it was largely seen as a women's discipline. That was fine by me, as what they were teaching had relatively little applications value. Reading, writing and arithmetic all made sense. Developing the capacity to produce writing on a machine with considerable proficiency was dull and seemingly strangely detailed. Now days I look at it and wish we'd taught it as part of our english classes - so it made more sense in context. I miss those rows of SG3s and wish I could see them again. But always. That's just how it goes.
I felt similarly quite often as I was always getting beat in the speed tests by the girls on electrics. Our class was about 3/4 girls and 1/4 boys. What I enjoyed was that I was learning to touch type and I could go home and pound out some of my homework (English mostly) on my Grandfather's old Underwood 4B.