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A Score, and Some Skips at the Clover Market in Ardmore PA

IMG_6154Modern Basic Typewriting was issued in Philly the same year I appeared; couldn’t resist, and the carpenter’s rule seemed like a good idea. Found at the Clover Market, a “curated” setup, which is not such a bad idea–free-for-all flea markets can have acres of warped records and shoddy 2nd-hand Ikea; the Clover stands all looked pretty good, and saw 6 or ten typers, all more or less working and all under $100, including this nice little Baby by HermesIMG_6149

which I resisted because I am a Lettera 22/32 guy — and this Remington…IMG_6150

which I could easily resist because I already have a Remington Portable 1, that I even had the platen recovered on by Cambridge Typewriter (which quieted it like 1/2 a decibel) — it is a real Polly Want a Clacker!

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FFS Supergroup Uses Old Typewriter on their New Album

Franz Ferdinand meets Sparks and Music flies!

But the lads need some technology to center their album cover around–this vintage machine makes it happen.FFS and a typing machine--what kind?

As always, perhaps Richard P. or some others out there can help ID the handsome machine Ron’s playing here.  FFS on NPR

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Philly’s PRETZEL PARK Type-IN gets some media coverage

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...

Young people encounter vintage typing machines…

Bryan Kruk always brings some lovely machines; here a pair of Olivetti ICOs -- one in matte black and one in a glossy piano black. Bellissimo!

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!

Ah, such a crisp design could only foster concision!

Let's have a closer look at that OLIVETTI ICO, shall we? You know what's really annoying--that this machine types as beautifully as it looks! Thank you, men and women of Olivetti, S.A.

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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Philadelphia Type-IN is tomorrow! RAIN OR SHINE–we’ve got it covered…

Please join us in the historic Manayunk section of Philadelphia on Saturday, May 16th, for the Type-IN.

We will be at Pretzel Park, Silverwood & Cotton Streets (just minutes from the Manayunk station of SEPTA regional rail). Starts noon, Typing Speed Contest at 1:30 (must sign up by 1 p.m.).

NOTE: If rain is more than 50% in forecast, we will set up in LUCKY’S LAST CHANCE, 4421 Main St., in their palatial second floor lounge. But current weather report shows a long clear stretch from before noon to late afternoon.

OLIVETTIad

Among the typewriters confirmed in attendance:

Olivetti Lettera 22 (as shown above) ; Olivetti Lettera 32 ; Olympia Socialite; Olympia SF, Olympia SM-3, Olympia SM-9, Olympia SG-1; Remington Portable One. All of these will be in working condition and ready to try out.  (another dozen machines are on the way from Staten Island, so expect a diverse selection to compare. FLASH: New typewriter guests confirmed late Friday night:  Underwood 5 , Underwood Noiseless, Royal 10, Singer Pro Portable, SCM Sterling, Underwood 21, SCM Galaxy 12, & more!

THANKS AND HOPE TO HEAR YOUR CLACK, JACK!

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The Remington Agenda

At Lucky’s Last Chance in Manayunk; typing up the agenda for Saturday’s Type-IN! (Olivetti Lettera 32 fueled with vintage Anheuser-Busch letterhead.  Tomorrow: gather up chintzy prizes for the Speed Contest, ha.  

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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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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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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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WORLD TYPEWRITER DAY wrap-up

Well, for WTD, decided to make use of a lovely electrical outlet right along the bike path near my house–loaded up a bike trailer hitched to the trusty Brompton folder bike with an IBM Selectric II, a long cord and a little school desk. Stuck an Olivetti Lettera 32 in the Brompton front bag and rode  7/10 of  a mile to the spot, right next to the Schuylkill.

Felt a bit like a snafu at first as runners and cyclists zipped past, not even bothering to look at the printout of the original Sholes, Glidden and Soule patent from June 23, 1868–much less the sheet proclaiming it World Typewriter Day. But soon enough some more curious types gave the Selectric a try.

Jay and Javier weigh in for World Typewriter Day

Jay and Javier weigh in for World Typewriter Day

Sadly, I was unable to follow through on R. Polt’s “alternative materials” suggestion. I had brought along a couple Chemex coffee filters to type on, but never got them out. Also a bit miffed that no one took me up on some suggested letter targets: had brought a sheet with the mailing addresses for President Obama, the Pope and Benedict Cumberbatch, among others. Maybe at the next Type-IN?

Millennial Youth writes analog letter with Selectric II, by the river's edge.

Millennial Youth writes analog letter with Selectric II, by the river’s edge.

But this young man, a recent Upenn grad, did take the time to write a quick letter to a family member–I lent him a fountain pen to sign it with. Both action were firsts for him, I believe, and I suspect, for the letter’s recipient.  As the sun dipped low, loaded everything back onto the trailer and was home in time for a little dinner. Bless you, U.S. Patent Office, for making this World Typewriter Day possible.

PS -An hour later, the mailbox had a snack, clunking its satisfaction at the evening treat from our Penn grad, now a consultant for Accenture.

 

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