Recent Type-In at Tibb’s Brewing in Kalamazoo

thank you to everyone who attended our recent Type-In at Tibb’s Brewing in downtown Kalamazoo. The event was well attended, there was a huge variety of machines on display (a Fox and an Oliver even made an appearance!), and the event space at Tibb’s was just the right size for our group.   Much wonderful conversation was had, including plots for a Hermes themed type in, why you should always have ribbons on hand, who we know who can fix what, oogling over an Oliver, podcasting, getting the Tibb’s bartender in on the fun, and a discussion about where you actually can park for free in downtown Kalamazoo on a Saturday (no where?).  Tibb’s took good care of us, with excellent brews and the city’s best french fries.

 

Here are photos from the event!  Please enjoy, and as this is an image heavy post, be prepared to enjoy patiently, as photos may take a few seconds to load.  Photos were taken by typochondriacs Jeff, Andy, and Andrea.

 

And why yes, that is a chromed Smith-Corona!

 


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July 20th Type-In in Kalamazoo!

Will you be in the Kalamazoo area on Saturday, July 20th?

 

Join us for a Type-In at Tibbs Brewing, from noon – 4pm, in downtown Kalamazoo.  Bring your typewriter(s), chat with other typochondriancs, type a bit on the other machines on display, enjoy some excellent local craftbeer, and explore downtown Kalamazoo!  Tibbs Brewing is located at 402 South Burdick Street,  there is street parking and a nearby parking garage.

 

June 22nd Type In at Landmark Books

are you planning on being in the Traverse City, MI area on Saturday June 22nd?

 

Stop in and join us at Type-In VI,  at Landmark Books!

 

 

Feel free to bring your typewriter(s), maintenance tips,  stories,  and take some time to admire and play with the other typewriters on display and talk with other Typochondriancs from across Michigan.

While you are in Traverse City,  be sure to check out the rest of the beautiful shops in The Village at Traverse City, historical preservation and adaptive reuse site.  It’s a really cool place!

 

Can’t join us this Saturday!  don’t worry, we have more events later this year.

 

In the mean time,  what typewriting events have you attended that were especially fun and engaging? What made them fun?   What types of things you would like you to see at Type-Ins?  contests? giveaways? raffles? maintenance demos?  ribbons for sale?  speakers?   Let us know in the comments below!

 

Ann Arbor Type-In Preview

Charly’s Typewriter Collection and Repair will host a Type-In at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on August 4, 2918. Literati is home to the new book, Notes From a Public Typewriter, and has a wide variety of typewriters on display.

This drop-in event is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. and is free and open to all ages. Newcomers to the typosphere can learn all abut various machines, and typewriter enthusiasts are invited to bring their own to share. All are welcome to try several different makes and models and enjoy an evening of “digital detox.”

NPT_coverBasics like how to change a ribbon and other typewriter repair tips will be offered throughout the evening. Come contribute to our Round Robbin stories or type up your own short story! Don’t forget to leave your own message on the Public Typewriter!

RSVP to the event at TypeInAtLiterati.splashthat.com. Contact Charly at TheTypewriterCollector  (at) gmail (dot) com with any questions. We hope to see you there!

The Hermes 3000: Love It or Hate It?

This seemingly eternal question popped up during our recent type-in in Grand Rapids. Some members of the Typosphere can’t get enough of the H3K’s smooth, “butter-like” feel on the keys. Others dislike it intensely for the same reason, preferring snappier machines like the Olympias. I keep oscillating between the Hermes and the Olympia SM3 as favorite machines for extended writing sessions, with occasional excursions to the Smith Corona Skyriter, Olivetti Lettera 22, Royal Model O, and several others. It all seems to depend on the mood I’m in. What’s your favorite?DSC02534An early- and a late-model Hermes 3000 that came to the Grand Rapids type-in all the way from Ann Arbor. The curves and feel of the earlier version have more fans than the later design, although the innards are the same in both.

Grand Rapids Type-In 2018

We held our “big” type-in of 2018 in Grand Rapids on May 19. The day got off to a somewhat soggy start but that didn’t prevent everyone from having a great time. Our venue was The Knickerbocker restaurant and brewpub run by New Holland Brewing on Bridge Street, in the shadow of the US 131-I-196 cloverleaf right downtown. It was a great space with wonderful food. The beer was excellent too, of course!

As usual with our events at locations like this, we had quite a few people stop by to see what was going on. These ranged from young adults who’d never used a typewriter before to folks of a “certain age” (like some of us) who did use them way back when and wanted to relive the experience. Most of them, anyway. A few were fairly unsentimental and said they were glad that “progress” had left our machines behind, or so they thought. But they were a distinct minority. We also drew several new members into the MT fold, including one who hopes to hold a type-in at Literati Books in Ann Arbor in early August. Keep watching this space for details. In the meantime, get ready for the annual type-in in Traverse City sponsored by Typochondriac Paul Stebleton on June 23!Type In V 2018Paul also designs the posters for MT events. We’re lucky to have someone in the group with such advanced graphic design skills!DSC02535Getting creative with some interesting paper.DSC02520The Neckermann Brilliant Junior, otherwise known as the Groma Kolibri. A lot of North American collectors seem to have a “thing” for this machine made in then-Communist East Germany. The Brilliant Junior was a re-badged version made for a very capitalistic West German department store chain in the mid-1950’s. It’s small, low-profile, dense, and quite heavy for its size. This one has the German “QWERTZ” keyboard.DSC02539Getting “down to business” on a nice Underwood portable at the GR type-in.

Welcome to Michigan Typochondriacs

Welcome to the new web home of the Michigan Typochondriacs. We are an informal group of typewriter enthusiasts throughout Michigan. Our group started at the end of a type-in at the Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo in May 2013. Since then we have sponsored at least one type-in each year, and usually more. We also participate in events sponsored by others.

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The famous Olivetti Valentine sunning itself at the 2018 Grand Rapids type-in