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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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Things to Look for When Buying a Vintage Typewriter

I’ve bought a fair number of vintage typewriters in the past and most weeks I’m purchasing another one or two for my collection or to refurbish and resale.  I’ve made some mistakes and thought I would share what I’ve learned.  Hopefully, you will find this information helpful. Buy in person when you can.  It’s always best to be able to inspect the typewriter in person.  It’s very helpful to be able to examine the machine for yourself without having to rely on a someone else’s description and photos to determine the condition of the machine. Check the carriage.  One of the first things I do when evaluating a typewriter is to move the carriage.  Does it advance when typing?  Is...

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How Old is My Typewriter?

Can You Tell Me How Old My Typewriter is? That is a common question that I often get over social media or via email.  Many of us have typewriters that are given to us by a relative or ones that we purchase from a typewriter shop or maybe at an antique mall.  It's natural to want to know a bit of history about the particular typewriter(s) that we own.  Let me give you a resource to help you find out how old your machine is.  The Typewriter Database The Typewriter Database is a wonderful resource when trying to date your typewriter.  Simply go to the website at http://typewriterdatabase.com to get started.  Select your typewriter's Brand from the drop down menu....

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Guest Post: Why a Typewriter? by Derek Ellis

I met Derek a couple of years ago when he contacted me about getting his typewriter serviced.  I've mentioned before about how much I enjoy meeting people through my business and meeting Derek and getting to know him as been a real pleasure.   Derek is a typewriter enthusiast, poet, and writer so he seemed like the perfect person to write a piece for this blog.  He graciously agreed to do just that and I think he knocked it out of the park.  Read and enjoy.  Oh, and share your thoughts and comments too. Why a Typewriter? Why type on a manual typewriter? What’s the appeal? Hey man, it’s the century of technology—we have these things called “computers,” have you...

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