A few highlights from today's big meeting.
There was a good crowd this morning for various presentations, including mine about my book:
Our gracious and loquacious host, Herman Price:
All eyes turn to Gabe Burbano, winner of this year's QWERTY Award for excellence in promoting typewriters:
Peter Weil describes his conservation process for his Universal Crandall No 3.
Bob Aubert showed us a Hammond for use by the blind. Its original owner won a Hammond typing contest in 1904.
This is a poor photo, but you can see the six special keys with raised rings that served as home keys for the blind user:
Bryan Kravitz of Philly Typewriter Repair gave us all copies of a fun brochure on typewriter care that he wrote in the '80s. You can download a PDF of it here.
Brian Brumfield told us about his experiments casting replacement parts, such as Hermes knobs and Smith-Corona carriage release levers. The general moral: flat parts are easy, complex 3D parts are not.
Dave and Will Davis showed us their "Harry A. Smith" Victor and pointed out that many "outlier" features of typewriters — parts or characteristics that seem surprising for the time when they were made — probably were added when the machines were rebuilt. Just one rebuilder had rebuilt over 300,000 Underwoods by the mid-1920s.
Plenty of typewriters came out of trunks and were swapped and sold before rain came along:
Here's a Remington made in Italy and branded Commodore:
There were several Underwood electrics lying around:
These delicate, feather-light typewriters make excellent laptops:
Above, Ian Brumfield is practicing for the five-minute speed typing competition. We were given a text about Herman's ancestor Henry Francisco, who supposedly joined the army at age 91 and lived well past 100. I managed to edge out Ian by just a couple of words per minute, working on the Purple Prose Producer:
The PPP was also an entrant in the beauty contest, but it didn't get far.
The beauty contest winner was Herman's restored experimental Remington Telegrapher.
Finally, I had a good talk about minds and machines with Oliver fan and fellow philosophy professor Marty Rice, who brought this wonderful ad I hadn't seen before:
That sure is an aggressive writing machine!