Typewriters Clack Up The Crowd At Philly Tech Week Kick-Off Jam

OK, Chris Wink, one of the co-founders of Technically Philly (and featured in an earlier post here) , invited us to set up a Mini-Type-IN at the opening bash of Philly Tech Week. We trundled an Olivetti Lettera 22, an Olympia SM9, and several hundred sheets of bond paper into Dilworth Plaza next to City Hall.  Surrounded by scores of tables packed with the latest circuitry, we were prepared to be mocked, or worse, ignored, by tech-centric millennials. Au Contraire, Claire!

We wore out our voicebox explaining the two machines; there was a line of thrilled first-time-typists (and a few nostalgists as well) waiting to get a clack at our machines from the opening bleep till closing (nearly 30 minutes over the limit). Parents boasted to their disbelieving kids, “I used to write actual homework assignments on one of those.”  Satisfied neo-typists dashed off clutching the “hard copy” they’d stamped out with their force of their own little digits.  We hope to see some of these fresh young faces at the Type-IN on May 16th in Manayunk!  Thanks, Philly Tech Week, for letting some classic QWERTY operators hang out with the chipsters!

techtype

1 Comment

Filed under Analog Events, manual typewriter, Olivetti Lettera 22, Olympia SM9

WE HOME-MADE A FLYER for the Type-IN !

TYPEinMANAYUNK

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Tech Guy with Typewriter

Hmmm; this latest Phillymag story profiles the founders of Technically Philly; That’s Chris Wink, with a classic manual (Remington?) typewriter, on the left! (And Brian James Kirk with a Mac laptop on the right)   Will try to find out what the story is here and let you all know.

UPDATE: Often, typewriters are used as symbolic props, brought to the shoot by stylists. Not this one. The vintage, compact Underwood in the picture was gifted to Mr. Wink years ago by his grandfather, who has since died. He typed, simply,”Hello Christopher” to his grandson; that page is still in the machine, which now graces the newsroom of Technically Philly’s HQ. Our thanks for Chris for the lovely story behind the picture.

Photo by Philadelphia Photographer Gene Smirnov

Clack vs. Click?

Clack vs. Click?

1 Comment

Filed under private typing, public typewriting, Remington typewriter, Typewriters in the media

SAVE THE DATE: May 16th Philly Type-IN (exclamation point)

Pretzel Park will catch the clack clique on May 16th.

Pretzel Park will catch the clack clique on May 16th.

Leave a comment

Filed under Analog Events, manual typewriter

Farewell to Colleen McCullough–she typed every word

coleenMcC

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Graphic (novel) Content

Was shopping for something completely different at Fat Jack’s Comicrypt and found this here comic– a good story, though not much typewriter content inside. Who cares? Cover is great… can anyone help with ID’ing the machine?

TYPER2

1 Comment

Filed under private typing, public typewriting, Typewriters in the media

Last Publetter of 2014! Scratched out inside Bridgewaters Pub-at 30th Street Station Philadelphia

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/b09/17960761/files/2014/12/img_1981.jpg

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized