Category Archives: Analog Events

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!


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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.

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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 cards. He also answered some typewriter history and technology questions from the kids. 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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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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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 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 Thanks!


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