3rd CSL Type-In Report

And yet another type-in is concluded. These events always lift my spirits.


All the usuals showed up, such as Bill of Mesa Typewriter Exchange, Ted of the Database, and Cameron of First Draft Book Bar.

Though we didn’t quite get to the story time, I think it was alright, as all the attendees seemed satisfied at the machine they were currently putting to use. Besides, it was made up for with the festive lights that lined the tables.

Festive lights added a fun theme to the type-in

And of course there were the snacks that immediately disappeared when feeding the hungry typers hard at work.

Bars, water, and cookies were popular offerings for the guests

Unlike the last couple of type-ins, this one offered a steady stream of guests, rather than large waves all at once, which was wonderful, as it gave me an opportunity to take time to help each newcomer, even a young set of triplets! As the grapevine says, they were the lucky to go home with a Webster, though I don’t know exactly what model.


There wasn’t a drawing this time around, as we could not snatch up a nice typewriter from around the valley soon enough. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable event.

As always, a bounty a typewriter coloring sheets were provided, and entertained some young guests.

Coloring sheets and utensils lay about, eager to be used

And I always thank the library for the clever button making machine:


I even went home with some new pins added to my collection!

Clever typewriter themed pins were a fun momento of the type-in

Something new that showed up at this type-in provided by the library were cards with typewriter-themed quotes. I took one home for myself:


I can always thank the library for the generous display of typewriter books, always there to entertain the guests.


This just about concludes the report of the the 3rd CSL type-in. As always, thank you so much to the librarians at the Chandler Sunset Library for making this such a successful event!

Before I go, here are some final pictures of the type-in in action:

An Olivetti Valentine sits right next to the Sears Citation


Every machine at the event was happily tended to!
This beautiful ’36 SC (according to the Database) was a pleasure to type on

Thanks to all who came!


Don’t Forget: 3rd CSL Type-In Tomorrow!

Yes it’s that time of year again, type-in season! With the Phoenix Changing Hands type-in wrapped up, now it’s time for one at the Chandler Sunset Library TOMORROW, from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. The usual activities will be featured, along with a “typewriter story time”, featuring any soul brave enough to take the floor and read an original winter-themed piece put together at the keys of a typewriter.

Again, I apologize for not writing in a while, but I assure you that more great typewriter news is yet to come. See you there!

Chandler Sunset Library Address: 4930 W. Ray Road Chandler, AZ

Type-In 2018

Sorry It’s Been a While…

Even though it’s only been about two weeks since I last made a post, I recognize I typically update the blog much more frequently than that, and for that, I apologize.

A reason for this, is that I am currently working on setting up a separate blog for a friend, based on life on a farm.

I can assure you, though, that exciting news is headed this way. In early December, I’ll have a fun post that’s out of the ordinary. Until then, keep typing!

Phoenix Changing Hands Type-in Report

Sunday, November 11th, 2018 was the 2nd Phoenix Changing Hands Type-in, and I had a great time. There was a wider range of diverse machines. Even a Hermes 2000 that typed completely in Hebrew made an appearance!

Perhaps the most interesting factor about this machine, was that it typed right to left, versus the usual left to right

Some of the diverse machines included one I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting before: this lovely Remington 666- truly a pleasure to type on. Using this machine was such an ease, I almost checked the back to see if it had a plug, resembling an electric!


Most of the usuals were there- Bill spreading his typewriter repair knowledge to each and every machine that needed tuning up, Ted, handing out pamphlets for the Typewriter Database while hanging up the famous type-in banner, and of course, the Daily Platen himself, keeping the entire event in check. Sadly Joe could not make an appearance, but through the comment section on various blogs, he made it clear he was with us there in spirit.

The Phoenix Typewriter Round-Up banner, which has never missed an event, watches the active type-in scene proudly

Poems on Demand made an appearance, typing up a true original to anyone who asked. I approached the poet and asked for a poem about goats, my favorite animal, and the result is what follows:

Capra Aegagrus Hircus is latin for Goat

Lovely pieces of art created by the keys of a typewriter were proudly presented in between machines:

A camera
A close-up of a typewriter
Piano keys
Even an image as simple as a stapler can be portrayed magnificently by the pattern of letters, numbers, and symbols on a page, all in a pattern

That wraps up most of the main news for the event. Without further ado, presented below is a video and some pictures that caught the type-in in action:




Even a couple a electric Coronets made an appearance, black sheep among the crowd of manuals


The Daily Platen’s Hermes 9 made the event, as usual
Though it is unknown to me who brings it, I seem to come across this lovely maroon Corona at every event
I had a great conversation with the owner of this 1936 Underwood. She just bought it in August, and it is in pristine condition!

Sadly though, the time came, and I had to pack up my machines until my next type-in on December 8th.


I did not leave though, without some souvenirs! The Daily Platen passed out numerous First Draft Book Bar stickers, and I was able to snatch up a few, to slap on my cases!

In the car with newly gained stickers after a long day of typing

I’m not done yet, though. As a typewriter blogger, it’s my duty to informĀ  you of each and every type-in in Arizona, even if it does compete with my own. On December 8th, from 11:00- 2:00, there will be the first ever type-in at Union Coffee with a holiday theme.


I wish I could go, but obviously I will be busy with my own type-in at the Chandler Sunset Library at the same time. See you there!

Type-In 2018

Don’t Forget: Type-In at Changing Hands!

It is type-in eve here in the Valley of the Sun in Arizona, and as the title implies, this is just one reminder about the type-in tomorrow at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix.

It is being run by the same organizer as the one in June. He had many fun activities planned that you might not find at your average type-in, such the a screening of the documentary California Typewriter. I’m excited to see what this one will have!

Obviously I will be there, along with my Sears Citation, Royal Quiet-de-luxe, and probably the Smith-Corona Silent-Super (that one was popular at the previous event).

So don’t forget if you can come! It is in the Book Bar at the Changing Hands in Phoenix. It begins a 12:00 noon, with a Thanksgiving theme. See you there!

November CH Type-in

Changing Hands Type-in: November 11th

Remember back in June when Cameron of Phoenix Changing Hands Bookstore organized a great record long type-in? Well, in case you don’t, he’s putting on another performance on Sunday, November 11th, at 12:00 pm.

According to the flyer down below, it’s going to be the classic migration spot of typewriter collectors to talk, type, repeat, with a Thanksgiving twist. I can’t wait to see how he’ll apply a Thanksgiving theme to the table.

I’ll try and make it. Last time I brought along the Triumph, Lettera 32, Olympia SM9, and Smith-Corona Silent-Super (what a mouthful!), so maybe the Royal QDL and Sears Enterprise will make an appearance this time.

I’m pretty excited because I remember the last one was a hit. See you there!

November CH Type-in.jpg

Typewriter Art

I was inspired earlier today when remembering a video I watched by Joe, where he recalls back to the good old days in 2009, where typewriter blogging seemed to be at it’s height. He explains how back then, many people used crayons to create a colored print, and then scanned them and blogged.

Here is how to create colored print with a crayon: First create a thick, waxy coating of a certain color with a crayon on a paper. Then, flip the paper over, and put a paper behind that. The typist would type behind the waxy coating of crayon in a forceful fashion onto the paper behind it.

I was inspired by this idea, so I tried it for myself- but then I thought, why not even get more creative? I drew out a couple of shapes- a star, a heart, and a triangle- on a piece of paper, then filled them in. I used one of my most dense machines- the Olympia SM9, to help. Here are the results:

Orange star:


Hmm, that didn’t seem to totally work out. Maybe I need to use a darker color? How about a dark red?

Red heart:


That’s a little better. The red seemed to show up a lot better, but I think I need to go even darker. How about a deep blue?

Blue triangle:


There it is. It may have helped that the particular crayon I used was very dense, as I only needed to use on coat, but blue still seems to be the most vibrant and lasting color. You can even make out some of what I typed.

This was a fun experiment, and I would recommend all you other typewriter aficionados try it out as well. If you want, you can even try and post a scanned copy of your work in the comments for all of us to enjoy. Again, all you do is fill in a space on a piece of paper with multiple coats of a dark crayon (make sure there are no white spaces), flip the paper so that the colored shape is facing the other direction, place a blank piece of paper against the colored shape, flip the papers around again, then feed it into the typewriter and start typing.