Sunday, October 26, 2014

Typewriter art in Berlin

Kulturpropaganda presents: Secrets & Type

Group exhibit with works that have been created using mechanical typewriters or that depict such.

Typewriters - relicts of the good old offline times, nowadays mainly stirring nostalgic feelings. But they, too, were a communications tool designated to increase efficiency. They were used for documentary and creative purposes in literature, science, journalism, served states and technocrats, spies and revolutionaries alike made them clatter.

The exhibition presents samples of contemporary usage of typewriters by artists fognin,Friederike HammannFranziska Jentsch, Lars Maurmaier, mehrmagdaJochen Möller, Kerstin Quitsch, Claudia Simon, TEENA and others. 

"Hello World":

Edward Snowden:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Sincere Improvement?

How about hacking a typewriter to use that much-maligned and little-loved typeface, Comic Sans?

Jesse England has done such a thing with his "Sincerity Machine" and though it may not score high for durability, it more than earns points for creativity. Type-modders, take note: DIY Fraktur may be within your grasp.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Her last breath

I thought I'd take a moment to highlight one of the most remarkable blogs in our blogroll, Types of America. Read the whole story here, and be sure to check out the other posts from this mysterious typing traveler.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Typewriter poet hits the big time

He has half a million followers online.
50,000 copies of his new book are already in print.

Tyler Knott Gregson's poetry really took off
when he started typewriting it.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Royal Typewriter Becomes Sentient, Invades Internet

...or more correctly, San Francisco Chronicle pop culture editor found at least one  Royal KMG down in the photo archives, and wrote a blog entry on it. In a move that should surprise nobody here, it types right away, with nary a hiccup.

What's more, it's started tweeting (@NewsTypewriter) perhaps channeling the spirit of SF's beloved Herb Caen, who put his own Royals through their paces. Is this one of his castoff machines? It would be interesting to dig out the provenance.

I can personally attest to the good quality of a KMG. A trip to a local repair shop like California Typewriter might be all this typer needs for another half-century of function.

Call Us/Touch Control

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Carbon film ribbons: new old stock at bargain prices


Mike Holt ( has thousands of non-correcting IBM Selectric I carbon ribbons that have been stored in a temperature-controlled environment. He is closing his business and wants to sell these, preferably in cartons of 144 ribbons, but in smaller quantities if necessary. I got a carton and they're very nice, new old stock.

These carbon ribbons will work not only on Selectrics, but on many manual typewriters, producing crisp black text. You must make sure that the typewriter advances the ribbon quickly enough to avoid overlap of characters. I have used these ribbons successfully on Olympia SM series, Hermes 3000, Groma Kolibri, Olympia SG1, and others.

If you are interested, please contact Mr. Holt directly.


"I've still got 15 cartons left.  My price is 50 cents a ribbon ($72 per carton). Over the summer I refrained from shipping to the Southwest (Phoenix and San Diego) after UPS said they would be on an un-airconditioned truck for 4 to 5 days in the blazing hot summer the Southwest has experienced.  I'm hoping in a month or two it will be safe to ship to that part of the country." —Mike Holt