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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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Some Type-IN NYC pictures!

Greetings, Mr. Steven Huang, co-producer of this past Sunday’s Type-IN NYC, took time to make some good photographs from the event.

Find them HERE.

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More Mechanical Guests Confirmed for Type-IN NYC !

Okay, hope for a nice showing at the Type-IN NYC tomorrow!

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NYC Type-IN AGENDA

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April 7, 2013 · 12:01 am

N•Y•C Type-IN Location!

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April 5, 2013 · 11:42 pm

Type-IN press release + corrected poster

NEWS for events/calendar/feature and obsolete technology editors:

contact: phillytyper@gmail.com

3RD ANNUAL TYPE-IN BRINGS THE CLICK-CLACK BACK TO PHILADELPHIA

 Sat.  December 8th.  1-5 p.m.

Fergie’s Pub 1214 Sansom St.   Philadelphia PA

FREE (with manual typewriter OR stamped envelope!)

info:  www.phillytyper.com

Remember that cheery click-clickety-clack, -ding! ?  That meant someone was tapping out a letter, or a term paper, or even a novel on a manual typewriter.  On Saturday, Dec. 8th, the sounds of analog writing return at the 3rd Annual Type-IN.  Dust off* that old Remington, Olivetti or Smith-Corona; tote it to Fergie’s Pub in center city Philadelphia for this “Jam session for manual typewriters & the people who love them,” as organizer Michael McGettigan dubs it.

Back in 2010, McGettigan invited manual typewriter fans to Bridgewater’s (a classic Philly pub) to display their classic writing machines, take part in a speed typing challenge, bang out some letters and maybe even have a beer. That first Type-IN got national media attention; since then, dozens of Type-INs have popped up around the US, and more recently in Italy and Switzerland.

As in past Type-INs, there will be a speed typewriting competition “with chintzy prizes” McGettigan notes.  Bring loved-ones’ addresses for a holiday letter-typing session (free stationery and postage provided).  The event will wrap up with a typewriter swap–bring an extra machine (working only, no electrics, please)or two to trade.  

The event is free (with manual typewriter –or stamped envelope) and open to all ages.

pdf follows, feel free to print it out and stick it up at your local thrift store or coffee dive:

TYPE-IN2012

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It’s ON! Son of Type-IN. Sat. 10 Dec. Philly. Same Place.

We're expecting you....

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It’s ON! Son of Type-IN. Sat. 10 Dec. Philly. Same Place.

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November 9, 2011 · 10:59 am

Two Mature Technologies Walk Into A Bar…

Oh, so sorry for the long delay in posting here… stuck in ActualSpace, neglecting PixelSpace.

So… one day I realized that both typewriters and cassette recorders have this ribbon-y thing running through them, back and forth.

Both are chunky, and both create permanent artifacts. Both are occasionally feeling a bit, er, neglected under a wave of glowing tablets.

So, let’s invite fans of both to a cozy bar (restaurant, too, so yes Matt “Manyfingers” Cidoni, you are legal/invited!) in Philly, I thought, and called Mr. Fergus Carey before I could re-think. Fergie of course being Fergie, said, “Why not?” and now hello Tape N Type.   A Type-IN, but louder.    Activities will include: (but are not limited to) : Typing Speed Competition with wifty prizes, Mystery Mixtape Box (“One Tape Enters, One Tape Leaves”), Headphone Charades, Typewriter/Boom Box Swap, Instant Interviews and no doubt more. Bring Typewriters, Audio Cassettes and machines to play same, headphones/earbuds, journalist-style portable tape decks, Carbon Paper, and mixtapes to toss in said MM Box.

WHEN: Sat., 15 Oct. 2-6 pm

WHERE: Fergie’s Pub 1214 Sansom St., downtown Philadelphia, just blocks from Market East Station.

PRICE: Free, if you’re carrying anything relevant to the above list of Mature Technologies!

RSVP to phillytyper@gmail.com.

Here’s the poster below as a pdf

TAPEnTYPE

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Handful of Stalwarts Defy Wintry Mix for Philly Type-IN No. 2

Freezing rain & snow, with a few locusts mixed in, made for a miserable Saturday & nearly iced the Type-IN. But the day was saved by a few folks who escaped meteorological house arrest.  A Mr. Jon Roth astonished all (well, the barmaid and myself) by arriving first, from far-flung Cape May, NJ.  Mr. Roth, a writer and editor, packed a Royal Aristocrat.  Cape May has a wealth of Victorian architecture, but no apparently no typewriter repair shops whatever.   Jon checked out some of the machines, especially mcget’s (er, mine)  Olivetti Lettera 32 and Olympia SM9 and cried out, “Crikey, this is so easy!” and promptly had an epiphany (which the bar maid didn’t even blink at–as these happen in Fergie’s all the time, she said) which we have reproduced in part:

Second machine on deck was a French-made Hermes 3000, purchased (twice) by Philadelphia Inquirer movie writer Steven Rea. Bryn Mawr College had not one, but two Jens representing them: web-designer Jen Yuan, again with her Olivetti Valentine and Jen Callaghan, who runs a writers’ program at the school. Trophy Bikes mechanic and devout cyclist TJ Seningen stopped by to complete the group. I had no clue when scheduling the Type-IN that Feb. 5th was also World Nutella Day–but Ms. Yuan, better-informed, unpacked a jar of this high-calorie chocolate spread, along with bread and knives so that we essentially were celebrating two events in one, as well as an extra day’s intake of carbs. A pair of writers from Geekadelphia were also on hand and refrained from remarking on the hazards of mixing Nutella and manual typing–we hope their story will be discreet about this practice.

The small field precluded a Typing Competition, though we did see several letters completed. No one opted for a splash of Clinique’s budget “Happy” fragrance–so this mailing was totally scentsless! (sorry)  Finally, we did perform a Typewriter Roller Call. This involves a sheet of paper starting in one typing machine, where its owner (or whoever is sitting in front of it at the time) types the make and model, their name and perhaps a sentence or two. (as shown here) Then the page goes from machine to machine, with each person typing a line or two, in that machine’s particular typeface… till the page is full.

This page travelled through several typewriters--and survived!

Now, what would be interesting is to see a few Typewriter Roller Calls, single-spaced, so as to get a lot of typewriter fonts onto a single sheet….

Thanks to all, and now it’s time to get clacking on some letters for International Typewriter Appreciation Month. Why, yes, I can be reached at the address below! :

Michael McGettigan

c/0 Trophy Bikes

3131 Walnut St.

Phila. PA 19104 USA

Footnotes:

Mr. Roth is an editor at Exit Zero, a well-done online guide which will make you want to go to Cape May sooner rather than later.

Ms. Yuan has hacked cats into dogs and shows how here.

Fergie’s Pub is run by Fergus Carey & would be a wonder just for their newspaper ads which (truthfully) declare: “NO TV!”, but they don’t stop there, making sure to have plenty of craft beers on hand, as well as good food & really sturdy tables.

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