Sunday, May 1, 2016

Belfast, Maine type-out May 7

Bring your own typewriter for a community “Type Out” with Tom Furrier, of Cambridge, MA. Weather permitting, we will be typing outdoors at the Belfast Co-op. Tom Furrier is the owner of Cambridge Typewriter Co., Inc. in Arlington, MA. He has been repairing and selling typewriters for 36 years.

More information here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Support the Typosphere

Good news! 

We have blown past the 5 year renewal and have secured enough money to fund the domain for the next 10 or 15 years! (I have to see if we can renew for 15 years.) Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. will live on.

These kind people have donated. Mike is working on a special place to recognize what you have done.

William L. Bill M.
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Richard P. Stephanie L. W.
Sheila C. Laura B.
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Hello Typospherians. I am reaching out to you for help. net is the front page of the typewriter internet. It's been the place to post type-in notices, share stories about typewriters in the news, review new typewriter books, and present the typewriter-loving world. Now, needs your help.

The domain name needs to be renewed and I would love to get it registered for the next five years. The cost to do that would be $100. If everyone who has loved and supported this great site could chip in a few clams we could get this domain locked down for the next half-decade.

Your support means we can everyone can keep posting type-in updates, typewriters in the news, book reviews and launches for the next five years. If you are interested in helping, you can follow this link to my link. I will keep a detailed record of who donates and make sure that you get special recognition.

Please consider helping raise the money for this small goal.


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Palm Springs type-in March 19


"Previously I had announced that Jack Lacy was having a "Type-In"
at his store in Palm Springs on February 20th, but the date has been moved
to March 19th. Jack has been in the family business all his life, his
grandfather having opened a typewriter repair shop in Los Angeles in 1919.
He will have a number of vintage machines on display and for sale, and
everyone is invited to bring his or her portable and type away, or just
exchange stories. Jack has some good ones to tell, along with photographs of
his grandfather in his Los Angeles store. And he'll be serving hot dogs and
hamburgers. The location is as follows: 

Central Printer Resources

4599 E Ramon Rd

Palm Springs CA 92264


You can also email Jack at for further information, and
to get on the email update list. He'd especially like to know how many are
coming. Should be a really fun event! 

Dick Sanders"


Earlier message:

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