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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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An Interview with Richard Polt, Author of The Typewriter Revolution

I had the privilege of meeting Richard Polt several years ago at a type-in I helped organize (along with my friend, Brian Brumfield). Richard is well-known in the typosphere and has recently written a book that will be of interest to all typewriter enthusiasts, titled The Typewriter Revolution:  A Typist's Companion for the 21st Century. He graciously agreed to be interviewed about his new book and I am happy to share it with you.     Why did you write the book? I was surprised and excited to see people in the 21st century adopting typewriters, not as collectibles but as creative tools. There are lots of dimensions to this development—art, psychology, politics, education… but I wanted to see if I...

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Typewriter Paper - My Favorites for Typing

One of the questions that I do get asked fairly often when someone purchases one of our refurbished typewriters is, "What kind of paper should I buy to use in my typewriter?"  That's a good question!   Some paper does work better than others in a typewriter.  Back in the day when manual typewriters dominated the office space, it was common to find "typewriter paper".  Paper manufacturers also produced papers that had a coating on them which made erasing mistakes a lot easier than plain, uncoated paper.  However, most any paper would have worked back then and that's still true today.  It doesn't need to be expensive or fancy to work well in your typewriter.     Plain (20 lb.) copy...

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Where to Buy Typewriter Ribbons for Manual Typewriters and the IBM Selectric

One of the most frequent questions I receive is "Can you still buy typewriter ribbon"? The answer is "Yes!".  We're very fortunate that typewriter ribbons continue to be manufactured and sold.  One can buy ribbons for most typewriters, everything from the Selectric I typewriter to vintage manual typewriters of all kinds. The next question often is, "Where can I buy a typewriter ribbon?".  I'm happy to report there are several good businesses that can ship a typewriter ribbon right to your door.  Let me name a few that I've had good experiences with. Baco Ribbon.  This is my go-to vendor for typewriter ribbons that I use and resell.  The customer service is outstanding and the ribbons are great.  Baco ribbons are...

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