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The typosphere welcomes everyone who blogs with some frequency with or about typewriters. If you would like to have your blog added to the Mighty Blogroll, send an e-mail to Mike Clemens or Richard Polt.


quodlibet said...

I've been writing my Christmas letters for many years on 1954 Olympia De Luxe, my high school graduation present. As a reluctant user of a MacBook Pro, which never works properly, I find my typewriter infinitely more reliable, and it never tries to out-think me. It knows it is not smarter than I am.

I once had a 1954 Olympia portable with a European keyboard ( á, à, â, ^, ~, etc.) It also had an extra-long carriage for long envelopes. In the 1980s my husband told me to donate it, and in return he gave me an electric typewriter. I did, and have regretted it ever since. If I can type 60 wpm on a non-electric, and 40 wpm on an electric, there's a problem. The problem is that electric typewriters work on Murphy's Law: if you accidentally push 2 keys at once, the key you didn't want is the key that prints. I wish I could find another working Olympia with a European keyboard. The electric typewriter was a part of out family for less than a year, then was donated.

Thor Halvorsen said...

Greetings, I am not new to typewriters, but new to this movement, and
I do recognize this as a movement. For those in geekery, I am writing
this on an old G3 macintosh, still running and doing what I like on
the net. Simple, eloquent, and has history and a story. I feel the
same way about typewriters, they all each have a story, a history, and
character. I did indeed watch the movie, California Typewriters, and
identified with that philosophy entirely.
I am not new to typewriters because I have already had a history
with typewriters, owning a 1932 Woodstock typewriter I rescued and
fixed up, two decades past, but my history with typewriters goes back
much further, in my youth my dad brought home old typewriters when his
work transitioned to computers. I had fun typing away. I wish now I
kept some of those machines. (Kicks self... just like I wished I kept
all those star wars toys from the late 70's and early 80's).
I have since collected a few more machines, and gonna do my
research to make sure they weren't scavenged and reassembled with
alien parts of different similarly bastardized systems. I am also
excited because now with the databases and this community I can do
something else I like, finding the personal history of the machines. I
have done genealogy work on my family lineage, and relish learning
history beyond a name on a page, a black and white 2D depiction of a
person, kinda like looking at a barren colorless tombstone. Me, I
would want to know more, what where they like, what was their personal
history, stories, experiences, and what did they think about the
world? That same curiosity I would want to construct of my machines.
Each have a story, and like a good archeologist, I wanna dug up its

Greetings and merry met! I look forward to being involved in this
community and hopefully I can network with anyone hailing from
Maryland, where I live now, or Maine, where I will end up, and
contribute to the community.

Thor Halvorsen said...

Note: I also have an old jornada 720 handheld pc I still use, as well as older Macintosh computers, dabble in Linux and raspberry pi via I even have a commodore64 in my repertoire too.

But despite being a geek of older computers, it is Typewriters that have really clicked with me since I’ve had to refocus my life. Technology isn’t as much a friend to me as it used to be, posts brain bleed, and seems I need to restrict distractions and disruptions, so Typewriter and old school is way to go!

didaskalos said...

I think you missed including retro or classic bicycle lovers as part of the typospherian crowd. I know there's a logical bias towards assigning them into another group, but I find that the overlap between them and your typical typospherian culture is too large to justify a leave-out.