Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hammacher Schlemmer Flimflam?

Witness the Classic Manual Typewriter for sale at Hammacher Schlemmer, a catalog retailer in the U.S.. Priced at $199.95 and sporting a profile not at all dissimilar to a late-model Brother, this machine is supposedly newly manufactured, "not refurbished" (as the catalog proudly states.)

Just for comparison's sake, here's my own machine: $3 from the thrift store, plus a can of automotive paint:

Brother Correction 7, After

I bet $199.95 spent at someplace like Cambridge Typewriter will get you a better machine than this new "Royal" whatever-it-is, and will actually last, too.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

contribute to the typewriter encyclopedia

Please join and contribute to, a wiki-based encyclopedia for typewriters and all things related.

Wishing for a good start,

yours, shordzi    

Collaborative typewritten poetry in Winnipeg

Winnipeg poet Christoff Engbrecht owns between 30 and 40 typewriters, all manual, some of them dating back a century. The click-clack-ding and the spooled ribbons, ink-smudged fingers and tangible byproduct of all that clacking turn the writing process into both an auditory and visual experience, he says. "It's like you're seeing writing happen."

Engbrecht, 37, is one half (along with David Streit) of the "writing-event collective" Poor Tree, which uses old typewriters and portable turntables to create their sound art. He and Streit will co-write (alternating lines on their respective typewriters) and then read aloud their poems onstage, sometimes alongside live musicians.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Typewriters are in style

Design by Mary Kantrantzou.


Another story shows a Kantrantzou dress featuring typewriter keys.

A closeup (source) shows that the typewriter is a QWERTZ:

UPDATE: the image on the dress was almost certainly based on typospherian Adwoa's photo of her repainted Olivetti Lettera 35 (see comments).

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Untouched Poetry

You name a subject, you name a price, and Knowles writes you a poem. ... "I love typewriters, because I purchase them from antique stores and I imagine all of the owners who pressed the keys before me, and how many letters, stories or words that it produced. They have a positive energy."

More ...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Convenient Typer

Could this be the realization of the Maker/Typosphere confluence?

Max Lupo of Barrie, ON, built this rig by which three people can cooperatively type out “it is as it is” using four key-punchers and a space bar presser.

OK Max, you've proven your skills. Now let's see you rig up something to type my novel for me next November.

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