Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Manifesto interpreted

Agent C.A. has sent me this insightful commentary on the Typewriter Manifesto. In the Insurgency's spirit of individuality, I welcome all commentaries, variations, and fresh manifestos that further our glorious cause.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Correspondence from Germany

German typist Klaus Mielke has recently sent me several typecast messages which I am allowed to post here. It's good to see the practice of typewriting making progress in Germany, which produced so many excellent machines. Typewriter collecting is a relatively popular hobby there, but the use of typewriters still has some way to go.

Pond units, or pounds? In any case, it looks like a really valuable piece of technical literature.

It's great that you got such good reactions. This is usually what we experience when we type in public, as long as we are considerate.

Does anyone have a user's manual for a later Ideal typewriter? Their general design was certainly inspired by Underwoods, but I expect the details differ.

Congratulations on your handsome new friend! I wonder whether the "16mm" key allows you to use a wider ribbon than normal (the usual width is 14mm).

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Cincinnati type-in and film on November 5

There will be a silent auction for a Smith-Corona Super-G, with proceeds benefiting WordPlay. Starting at the type-in, continuing in the theater lobby. Winner will be announced before the film.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Herman's 2017

You meet the nicest people here, and they all seem to have excellent shirts ...

And then there is Herman's little typewriter collection. Here are a few of my faves ...

Don't be too jealous, one of these is a reproduction ...

Even Herman's junk is fascinating.

We assembled in the driveway for awards, auctions, raffles, and presentations ...

Our gracious host invited everyone to sign a basketball:

We agreed that, as the leader of our band, he deserves this bandleader's cap from the Remington company band, discovered by Peter Weil:

Several items were auctioned off to benefit hurricane victims and raise funds for the Early Typewriter Collectors' Association. I confess that I ended up the owner of the monster Torpedo in the foreground:

The annual QWERTY Award went to Doug Nichol for directing the wonderful "California Typewriter":

The presentation of the award:

Peter Weil and Martin Howard discussed their Kleidographs:

What's a Kleidograph? This is:

Glenn Gravatt tells us about Remington firearms:

Bryan Kravitz (Philly Typewriter) told us about his ambitious plans to open a store in Philadelphia (he's been working out of his home) and host a typewriter festival there next summer:

I gave a presentation about customized typewriters like my Purple Prose Producer and Herman's giraffe-print Smith-Corona, both of which were present in the flesh.

The beauty contest attracted the curious to see curiosities in the pool room:

"Shabby chic":

Meanwhile, outdoors, there were typewriters galore for sale ...

... and typewriters that people put out for show and tell.

An Olivetti M40 War Version with German keyboard is a very unusual find in the US, but Monica Corwin snagged one on the road to Herman's:

An unusual Royal Electric with a low serial number looks like a giant Quiet Deluxe. Unfortunately, I didn't have the brains to take a picture of the typewriter itself, just these details:

Now it was time for the typing contest!

Some brave souls used 19th-century shiftless machines. Here's Ian Brumfield on his Caligraph (formerly mine), which isn't even QWERTY.

I used this Yost No. 4, but there wasn't enough ink in the ink pad for me to see the results clearly. Behind it is a Smith Premier.

I did my best to count my errors and came up with 27 wpm.

Do you think we sound as good as the Boston Typewriter Orchestra?

After pizza, as many were watching the first of two showings of "California Typewriter," I retreated to my hotel room to relax and write this post. 

You may have noticed a gorgeous burgundy Selectric in the beauty contest. This was customized by the expert hands of Brian Brumfield and is among the treasures I'm taking home.

Good night!