Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Portland, OR Typewriter Jam Oct. 10

1st Annual Portland Type Jam 
Saturday October 10th, 4-9pm  @ Independent Publishing Resource Center 
The inaugural Portland Typewriter Jam has everything any typewriter aficionado could ask for! The event includes an exhibit of unique and rare typewriters, a typewriter clinic with demos for repair and cleaning and attendees walk away with their own typewriter-themed art print. FREE! 
Janine Vangool: The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine
Sunday October 11th, 7pm @ PSU Shattuck Hall
IPRC and Design Week Portland are co-sponsoring a presentation by Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine  for the release of her latest title: “The Typewriter: A Graphic History of the Beloved Machine”

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Free magazine

I have two copies of the May 2014 issue of Treasures magazine. It includes an article on the typewriter revival, with photos from my collection. Would you like a free copy? Email me at I'll update this post when they're gone. 

UPDATE: they are taken. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A sinking ship?

This is the cover of today's New York Times Magazine.

A few observations on this fine illustration by Andrew Rae:

It's interesting that typewriters get such a prominent role as representatives of non-digital creativity, and as the device that is apparently going to be the last to sink. Weren't they already "sunk" circa 1985? Perhaps against the artist's intent, the illustration shows that typewriters aren't dead.

There are many people who haven't thrown away their analog devices, and are combining them with the digital in creative ways. Case in point: typospherians. Maybe this point is conveyed by the writer who's surfing on a typewritten sheet, wielding her fountain pen.

The article itself ("The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn't," by Steven Johnson) presents a somewhat reassuring view of the ability of artists to support themselves in the digital age. There's some encouraging news, such as the recent growth in independent bookstores, but the author's spin strikes me as overly optimistic. A sad truth is buried in the next-to-last paragraph: "Most full-time artists barely make enough money to pay the bills."

PS: Read typecaster Patrick Wang's analysis of the fallacies in Johnson's article.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Father's Day & Typewriter Day

"It was the first Father's Day since my dad passed away and the first Typewriter Day I've ever acknowledged."

Read more from Louise Marler, our artist friend from a typewriter family.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

International Typewriter Day 2015

It's just a week away, Tuesday, June 23, the anniversary date of the U.S. patent filed by Christopher Latham Sholes and company for an "Improvement in type-writing machines" which is a good enough reason to throw a type-party at the midpoint of the year.

Any plans for marking the date this year? Share in the comments!

Typewriter Day 2015