On January 15, 2016, I attended “An Evening with Richard Polt” at Literati Bookstore. Polt was there to discuss his book, “The Typewriter Revolution: A Typist’s Companion for the 21st Century.”
In addition to pen and paper, the typewriter was the instrument I first used to write with. A couple years ago, my aunt informed me of a Smith-Corona Coronet Automatic at her church’s second-hand sale for less than ten bucks. I found an online supplier for the machine’s ribbon, and I began a project using the machine.
The Typewriter Database lists known typewriters with serial numbers. A good resource if you’re trying to gauge the year of the model sitting in your parents’ (or grandparents’) basement. I’ve been accepted to list my “collection” as well.
Inspired by Polt’s book, this page will link you to “The Typewritten Pages” that I have written specifically for this website. Every page is typewritten, scanned, and inserted.
- February 18, 2016: The Beginning.
- February 21, 2016: Innocent Until Proven Poor.
- February 22, 2016: Type-Okay.
- February 28, 2016: Letter Writing.
- March 5, 2016: Banging Out a Novel.
- March 11, 2016: It’s Not Always Useful.
- March 18, 2016: Books.
- March 29, 2016: The Calling.
- April 8, 2016: A Lucky Find.
- April 15, 2016: Live Writer at work.
- May 3, 2016: Correcting Mistakes.
- May 6, 2016: Made in Michigan Festival, Mount Clemens, MI.
- May 30, 2016: Been A While.
- June 1, 2016: The Third Typewriter.
- June 19, 2016: Downtown.
- June 23, 2016: National Typewriter Day.
- July 14, 2016: The Typewriter Saves the Day.
- August 15, 2016: SeptNoWriMo.
- September 1, 2016: So It Begins-SeptNoWriMo.
- September 7, 2016: SeptNoWriMo Week One.
- September 15, 2016: SeptNoWriMo – The Halfway Point.
- September 21, 2016: SeptNoWriMo – One Week To Go.
- September 27, 2016: SeptNoWriMo – The End.
- December 30, 2016: Goalless for 2017.
I guess I’ve never grown accustomed to the silent non-clacking of the [computer] keys and the temporary words put up on the screen. I like to think that when I type something on this [Selectric], when I’m finished with it, it’s good. I haven’t gotten past the second paragraph on a word processor. Never go back and rewrite while you’re working. Keep on it as if it were final. – Hunter S. Thompson (quoted in “The Typewriter Revolution”)