Monday, November 24, 2014

"Security with a portable typewriter"

A small item from the New York Times.




The link goes to a 1995 story about Smith-Corona's bankruptcy. Today Smith-Corona is still in business, but not the typewriter business — it makes labels for industrial use. The company logo cleverly combines a Corona 3 with a scan code used on labels.



Monday, November 3, 2014

Tom Hanks is writing a book ...

From The New York Times:


Type(writer) Casting: A Book of Short Stories From Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks has a thing for typewriters. He’s been collecting them — “for no particular reason,” he says — since 1978. A few months ago he released a writing app called the Hanx Writer, which mimics the sounds and motions of an old-school typewriter on an iPad. Last summer he wrote an essay for The New York Times about his favorite models, riffing on the relative merits of a Hermes 2000, a 1930s Remington or a mid-century Royal.
Now Mr. Hanks is writing an entire book inspired by the subject. He just sold a book of short stories loosely connected to photographs of the typewriters in his personal collection to the publisher Alfred A Knopf.
“The stories are not about the typewriters themselves, but rather the stories are something that might have been written on one of them,” Mr. Hanks said in a statement released by Knopf on Monday.
His book deal comes on the heels of his recent fiction debut in The New Yorker. Last month it published Mr. Hanks’s short story “Alan Bean Plus Four,” about four friends who orbit the moon in a homemade space ship. The story drew mixed reviews from literary critics.
But publishers took an interest. A few emailed Mr. Hanks’s literary agent, Esther Newberg, at ICM, to see if Mr. Hanks had any more stories. Ms. Newberg asked Mr. Hanks if he was interested in writing more fiction, and he came back with the idea for a book of stories connected to his typewriters. Knopf acquired the book for an undisclosed amount. Peter Gethers, senior vice president and editor at large at Penguin Random House, will edit the book, which doesn’t have a title or a release date yet.
In an interview with The New Yorker’s fiction editor that ran on the magazine’s website Mr. Hanks cited Alan Furst, Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough as his literary heroes. Asked why he was turning to fiction now, after so many years of success in Hollywood, he said, “I’ve been around great storytellers all my life and, like an enthusiastic student, I want to tell some of my own.”

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.