May 21, 2015 · 10:12 am
WHYY/Newsworks was nice enough to send a photog/reporter to cover last Saturdays clack-a-thon in the park. Have to laugh that the first photo is of me obviously chiding a young person: “Errrmph! Please type with just two fingers to avoid key jams–it’s like you’ve never used a manual typewriter before, really!”
Here’s the link to the Newsworks story.
And here are a few pics:
Young people encounter vintage typing machines…
Bryan Kruk always brings some lovely machines; here’s a pair of Olivetti ICOs — one in matte black and one in a glossy piano black. Bellissimo, Mr. K!
Ah, such a crisp design could only foster concision!
Let’s have a closer look at that OLIVETTI ICO, shall we? What’s really astonishing is that this machine types as beautifully as it looks! Thank you, men and women of Olivetti, S.A.
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Tagged as a pleasant afternoon of manual typing, Daily Typing, drinking and typing, Hermes 2000, Olivetti Lettera 22, Olivetti Valentine
April 5, 2015 · 2:06 pm
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?
October 26, 2014 · 12:33 am
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 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!
Filed under Analog Events, Hermes Rocket Typewriter, manual typewriter, Olivetti Lettera 22, Olivetti Lettera 32, Olympia SF Cursive, Olympia SM 3, Olympia SM7, Olympia SM9, Olympia Socialite, Philadelphia, public typewriting, Remington typewriter, Type-IN
Tagged as a pleasant afternoon of manual typing, Daily Typing
August 29, 2014 · 7:15 am
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.
February 27, 2014 · 7:29 pm
Here’s a double row of newspaper pros clacking their stories backstage at the 1962 Academy Awards. Photo by William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images–as seen in AdWeek’s 3/24 issue, which noted that West Side Story won Best Picture back then. There must be two dozen machines; bet that made an awesome sound.
Filed under manual typewriter, Olympia SG-1, Olympia SM9, public typewriting, Remington typewriter, Uncategorized
Tagged as Academy Awards, deadline reporters, Hermes Ambassador, manual typewriting, old-school reporters, public typewriting, typewriting
December 10, 2013 · 5:04 pm
I am a typewriter! Hermes and Remington languish on the shelf at trendy chain Anthropologie’s Philly branch. Bonus barbarian points for gluing books into a fake arch; while burning books still upsets, gluing and chopping still gets a pass! They also stacked the cups too close, so the carriage will hit them.
August 26, 2013 · 1:57 pm
April 23, 2013 · 9:47 pm
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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April 21, 2013 · 8:30 pm
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