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The IBM Wheelwriter Typewriter: A Review

I’ll admit it, I used to turn up my nose at the IBM (and later, Lexmark) Wheelwriter typewriter.  After all, it was electronic and being I prefer manual or electric (mechanical with a motor) typewriters, the Wheelwriter never really appealed to me.  Unlike the IBM Selectric, it didn’t have a pleasing design.  It lacked all sex appeal.  Even the color was bland and uninteresting.  And then there's that plastic case. All those things still ring true but the IBM Wheelwriter really shines in functionality.  To be completely transparent, when I have a lot of typing to do, I reach for the Wheelwriter more often than not.  Why?  Because it’s a solid workhorse of a typewriter that can handle anything I...

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A Report on the Lexington Type-In

On Sunday, August 28, we held our first KyTyper Type-In at a very cool coffee shop here in Lexington, A Cup of Commonwealth.  These folks have a real heart for our city and for building community and were totally onboard with allowing us to hold a Type-In. It's always tough to know just how many people to expect at a Type-In.  We were pleasantly surprised that about 20 people came for a few hours of typewriter fun.  We were a little short on space but everyone took it in stride and seemed to make the best of it.  It was fun seeing the various typewriters that people brought along.  There was quite a variety of machines - everything from an...

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A Type-In is Coming to Lexington on August 28!

We will be hosting our first ever Type-In!  What is a Type-In?  I'm glad you asked!  First, you can read all about Type-Ins at Type-In.org.Second, let me tell you about our Type-In.  It will be held at A Cup of Commonwealth in Lexington, KY on August 28 from 3-5 p.m. ET.  We are inviting people to bring a vintage manual typewriter or two with them if they have one.  We will be doing some fun things like: Speed Typing Contests A short workshop on Typewriter Maintenance Opportunities to do some writing and use other vintage typewriters Prizes for the typing contest winners as well as door prizes just for attending An opportunity to win a FREE refurbished typewriter! Mostly, we're getting together to...

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Buying Vintage Typewriters Online

I hope you enjoyed my last article on what to look for when buying a vintage typewriter. When possible, I always suggest buying machines locally. It will save you time and aggravation. Of course, I realize that many of us will also purchase typewriters from online sellers so I thought I’d put together a few tips that may help you avoid some of the pitfalls when buying online. When possible, buy from sellers who are nearby. The greater the distance a typewriter must travel to reach you, the higher the likelihood of damage occurring to the machine while in transit. If you know much about how packages are handled by the leading shipping companies, you know that they are handled...

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