On August 3, 2019, Literati Bookstore and Charly’s Typewriter Collection and Repair, hosted its 2nd Annual Type-In on August 3, 2019. Last year’s event was so much fun that I loaded up the 1954 Olivetti Lettera 22, and headed out to Ann Arbor, MI.
Around 6:30, the typers arrived. A variety of unique keyboards ready for fingertips to dance upon.
My little Olivetti found a home between two of his kin – an Olivetti Lettera 32 to the left, an OIivetti MS 25 to the right.
The typing commenced. A lot of typewriter test-driving was going on, with a few people sticking to their own.
I tested out a couple. My favorite was the 1961 Olympia SM3. Though my fingers stumbled along its keyboard, I love the cursive script font. So much so, it drew a rough haiku from me.
Many would argue that I have rescued too many typewriters from estate sale purgatory, but I do want to find one that has this cursive script. I know some collectors are not fond of the font, but I find it appealing.
And my Olivetti was not jealous, as he was receiving love from those who typed on him. This sheet was left in it as I packed up at the end of the event.
The video I recorded captures the beauty of not only the machines but the music of the keystrokes, bells, and chatter of fellow typers. I also had to record the action on the stunning, green, 1920 Oliver No. 9.
Until next year…Type On!
Charly’s Typewriter Collection and Repair