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

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