Tweens Take Over Philly Type-IN!

When you schedule a Type-IN and it turns out to be set right next to a big Pumpkin Fest for kids, you toss the program out the window and just keep loading paper into those machines and unsticking the occasional rugby scrum of type bars. These Tweens dug typing, and we went way over schedule. Michael Ardito of Hometown Business Machines helped with crowd control, brought a stack of his typewriters and gave out a lot of cars. Numerous parents had whispered Xmas present conversations, about which we can say no more, nudge, nudge, wink-wink!

This young man comes from a typewriter-equipped home; he set to  and immediately began a chapter story.

This young man comes from a typewriter-equipped home; he set to and immediately began a chapter story.

This is about the fifth set of typers we had on the machines–and we had a blast. Thanks to one and all.

Here's a group pic of tomorrow's typists!

Here’s a group pic of tomorrow’s typists!

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SAVE THE DATE: Oct. 25th • 5th Annual Type-IN • Philadelphia

TYPISTS WANTED FOR PHILADELPHIA EVENT!

Please note TIME CHANGE! Gather at 2:30 p.m. for 3 p.m. start.

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Kids Collide with Typewriters

Here’s an interesting episode on Kids Devour Technology — where a group of open minded kids get some time with some “ancient typing machines.”  Halfway through, ha– “I love this and I want to keep it, actually…” says one. The  unseen narrator tries to paint typewriter use as a primitive privation, though… of course, it’s a TV kids’ “educational show,” so let’s no be too hard on them. Any typewriter exposure is generally a Good Thing.

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Subscribe to HARPERS–right now!

This great magazine’s publisher, John R. MacArthur, says Paper is Still Relevant–and he keeps a loaded typewriter on his desk! He also believes writers should be properly paid for their work and points out this doesn’t happen when everything is free. Obvious, but rarely said so well.  If you’re not a Harper’s subscriber–now’s the time. (of course JRM’s no fool–you can subscribe online Subscribe to Harpers )

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/11/business/media/harpers-publisher-standing-firm-in-his-defense-of-print-and-paywall.html?_r=0

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Not familiar with this model.

 

 

Found this one in an Avalon NJ  “Antiques” shop. Not sure if it is repairable, as none of the keys will move, and in fact,  lack any real connection to the type bars, which, curiously, are lacking type. The staff at the shop weren’t very helpful either, referring me mainly to the price tag, and glancing nervously at the door in response to questions about warranty, follow-up service calls, replacement parts, etc.  It is also only about 8 inches wide. After some cogitation, I have decided that the only possible explanation (other than it’s being a decorative item) is that this was in fact an ultra-rare “decoy” typewriter, used by harried pulp fiction authors with children. Its mode of use: toss the machine across one’s cramped studio apartment; the kids would then run after it, to press on its keys and chirp “Ding!” over and over,  buying the beleaguered writer a few moments of peace to finish a page and a half per fling.

 

Perhaps Richard Polt can tell us what real typewriter this machine is paying tribute to!  20140801-112843-41323796.jpg

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August 1, 2014 · 11:32 am

Analog commercial

Two ideals: the Western jazz ballad and the Eastern state of shadow and quiet meet in this lovely advertisement.  Typewriters, rain, vinyl, fountain pen, ink brushed on paper. Thanks for Steven Huang of www.brommieyummie.com for the connection.

 

 

 

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Another Analog Event–PUBLETTERS

While plotting and planning the next Type-IN, have cooked up an even humbler, less techno event–still set in a pub, since a person can get thirsty. It’s called PUBLETTERS.

Visit www.publetters.com for the sketchy details, and if you’re near Philadelphia, please come

by DOOBIES BAR on a Tuesday in July. BTW — if you can’t make it, but you’d like us to write

you a letter, send your mailing address  to phillytyper@gmail.com. Thanks!

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