Thursday, January 28, 2016

Palm Springs type-in Feb. 20

From a correspondent:

Central Printer Resources, 4599 E Ramon Road, Palm Springs, CA 92264, 760-778-4444. 

"I visited this shop and the owner, Jack Lacy, has been in the typewriter business his entire career and loves to talk typewriters. He still repairs old typewriters and he has a number of refurbished vintage machines for sale. He told me his grandfather, Clifford Sanders, opened a typewriter repair shop in Los Angeles in 1919. His father and uncle were in the business, too, and not only has he had a shop for many years, but also worked for SCM for many years. He knows his machines and loves helping those who love old typewriters. On February 20th he's having a "type-in" at his store, all welcome to bring their machines, share stories, and type, while enjoying refreshments. He'll be telling some stories from the old days. He also has an experienced typewriter technician on site, George Torres, and he also has a source in Los Angeles for fabricating parts that are no longer availability. Looks to be a good resource."

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Typewriters in alternate history

The Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, about America under Axis rule, includes lots of typewriters deployed by totalitarian bureaucrats. In this scene, secretaries are at work in the offices of the Japanese authority in San Francisco. Spotted in other scenes: Royal FP and IBM Selectric.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

New England Antiques Journal

I have three printed copies of this magazine with a story by me (or my alter ego Richard Polk) on the typewriter revolution, and an editorial on the topic. I'll send them free to the first three people with US addresses who request them. Write to

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

D.C. reading and type-in January 7

DC-area typewriter lovers are invited to an event at Busboys & Poets Bookstore in Hyattsville, where I’ll read and sign The Typewriter Revolution. All are invited to bring a typewriter and type away!

January 7, 2016
5-6:30 pm

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Readings / type-ins in SF, LA, DC, and Michigan

I'll be reading and signing The Typewriter Revolution at various upcoming events. Typists and their machines are invited! 

Adobe Books, San Francisco, 5-7 PM, December 22, 2015

Type-in at The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, 5-6:30 PM, Dec. 28, 2015
with poetry, art, and the original typewriters of Orson Welles and Ray Bradbury ​

Busboys and Poets Bookstore, Hyattsville, MD, 5-6:30, January 7, 2016

Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI, 7 PM, January 15, 2016 ​

Kazoo Books, Kalamazoo, MI, January 16, 2016, 12-3 pm

 More information at

 Richard Polt

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Santa Claus Revolution?

It appears news of Richard's book has reached even the ears of the Jolly Old Elf, for his Portland, Oregon incarnation has a very familiar accessory at hand. Please disregard the unfortunate man-bun on the big guy.

Of course, Santa's no stranger to these classics. Maybe thanks to The Typewriter Revolution, a few more will wind up under the tree this year?

Portable Smith Corona Typewriter, Santa Claus magazine ad, 1960s