To collector Steve Soboroff, his prized vintage typewriters—once owned by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and John Updike—hold a talismanic power. “The idea that geniuses sat there and accomplished what they accomplished on these typewriters… it gives me the chills,” Soboroff says. But to Northeastern University art director Bruce Ployer, curator of the newly opened exhibit Celebrity Type, they’re first and foremost beautifully designed objects—hence why the wall text lists each machine’s model and year first, in a larger font than that accorded to the famous name of its former owner. “For me,” Ployer says, “the typewriter is the star.”