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.


3 thoughts on “Grand Rapids Type-In 2018

  1. I find that those who praise “progress” when they see a typewriter are typically people who had to use one in business and struggled with Wite-Out and other hassles. And you know what? I agree with them, when it comes to creating a neat and perfect final product. That just isn’t what typewriters are for anymore.

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  2. Presenting the opportunity to hash out random noggin noises, a typewriter is faster than legible handwritten notes — and creates an immediate, organic record, without interruption for “improvement.” It allows me to argue with my thoughts instead of those of an algorithm-designed program.
    These gatherings allow for tactile experimentation – perhaps an unusual example will become a new extension of these fingertips. We all become percussion performers in the process.

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