Saturday, October 26, 2019

Herman's 2019

Last weekend at Herman's was another wonderful getaway for those who appreciate typewriters.

As always, Herman Price's Chestnut Ridge Typewriter Museum offers a mind-blowing variety of fascinating writing machines.

This year there was a Halloween theme running through the house.

We gathered 'round the pool table for tall tales and factoids ...

Among the treasures in the pool room is this gorgeous custom-made chest for the Burlingame Telegraphing Typewriter, which was a stock fraud that never went into mass production. The chest once held a mechanism that would be attached to the underside of a typewriter. Herman doesn't own the mechanism itself—yet!

Meanwhile, many attendees bought and sold typewriters outdoors.

I ended up selling 22 machines, including these 1948-49 Remingtons (last of the old and first of the new).

I've done my best to update my collection list.

There were lots of typewriter t-shirts to be seen, and even socks ( I believe these are Ker Cleary's):

Bert Kerschbaumer, author of many fine articles on my website and in ETCetera, was honored with this year's QWERTY Award.

Here is the famed Peter Weil, looking fit and happy after his recent wedding and trip to Europe.

On the occasion of my retirement as editor of ETCetera, I was astounded to be presented with an engraved, golden Smith-Corona with a red turboplaten—a wonderful honor from the Early Typewriter Collectors' Association.

Another moving gift from the typosphere, presented to me by Dave Brechbiel, was this nice set of analog writing tools.

And I even got a cake with a touching sentiment.

Jonathan Posey speaks on James B. Hammond and his wonderful writing machines:

Paul Harker speaks about 3D printing typewriter parts — he's even printed platens.

Other fine presentations included Ian Brumfield's talk. He's working on a book about Royals.

Street poet Joseph Jablonski relaxes:

The beauty contest offered many enticing entrants:

The blue Royal ended up as the winner, but I was also very impressed by #1, an Erika that was custom-painted by a motorcycle shop, and by a chromed Selectric that had belonged to the late Jack Knarr.

Then there was the speed-typing contest, on both modern and antique machines.

I'm leaving out 99% of the event, including delicious food, great conversations, hearty laughs, and an endless flow of typewriter knowledge. 

Thanks, Herman, for another fantastic meeting!