So, which of the typewriter shops we've seen look most intriguing to you?
Let's have a contest. Write a little something about any shop that catches your eye. It can be a poem, a pithy description, a snippet of fiction ... be creative. I'll publish your entries on this blog, and republish the photos of the shops along with your text.
PrintKEG, a printing company in South Carolina, has offered to sponsor this contest. The three people who submit the most interesting entries, in my judgment, will each receive $50 credit toward PrintKEG products such as custom postcards, t-shirts, flyers, or stickers.
Send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 pm US Eastern time on January 23. Preferably it will be typewritten, but it can also be handwritten or word processed. Make sure to say which shop your piece is about (the name of the shop is the name of the image, which you can see if you click on it and check the URL).
Meanwhile, here are a few thoughts on my experience of digitally touring the typewriter shops of America.
PPS: To make my point of view less simplistic, I should add that small businesses, including typewriter shops, that are the least bit savvy have taken advantage of the Internet to find new customers. Getting quirky individualists together is something the digital world can do very well.
PPPS: This is the Selectric I picked up at the thrift store a while ago. It's balky—it tends to backspace without cause—and its fate is to go, along with some utterly defunct Selectrics, to a high school that's going to use them in a production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." I am in awe of people like Ted who can teach themselves how to fix one of these daunting machines!