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This blog is about the daily activities in a busy typewriter shop. I want to share with you the many interesting people who come in here, the beautiful machines I get and most of all the great typewriter stories that people share with me!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

We Had A Blast At The Boston Type-Out

     Our first type-out held last Saturday at the shop was a success. It was a beautiful late fall afternoon and the sun came out just in time for the party. Lots of people showed up, many with typewriters in hand ready to type away. It didn't take long before we had a good size crowd on the sidewalk. The sight of so many people typing outside on tables stopped traffic and many people out walking by stopped to check us out and even joined in. I had several tables inside the store with lots of vintage typewriters set out and encouraged people to pick one out and go outside and type. We had food and drinks set up inside the shop and also on a table outside. My wife Anne Marie, and daughter Emma, came early with the coffee, goodies, tables and chairs. Abraham and Angelika also came early to help me set up tables and chairs outside and rearrange the shop. Angelika's QWERTY cookies were a big hit. They looked so awesome, everyone was afraid to eat them at first.


Moxie was the unofficial soft drink of the Boston Type-Out, courtesy of my splendid friends from Maine. 

While the tables were full outside, many came inside to check out the shop.
      Many customers came to the type-out and brought a friend with them. It was a lot fun to see so many people typing together. Everyone was mixing and mingling and trying out everyone else's typewriter. Typewriters were getting passed back and forth across the table like a bowl of mashed potatoes at a Sunday dinner. A reporter from a Boston newspaper was there interviewing everyone. Her story should be out in a week or two. A grand entrance was made by Dave, a customer who bought a Remington 5 from me last year, on a bicycle that was eight feet tall. He named his bike Waldorf, after the world's tallest man. I have a 30 second  video of him leaving the type-out on Waldorf. I'll post the video on next weeks blog along with more pictures. Many people emailed me their pictures of the type-out and I'll post them next week too. They also said they can't wait for the next type-out, which will be a type-in if we do it later on this winter. Possibly at a pub in Cambridge.

Angelika types a letter on her favorite Bing No.2

     I hope these pictures can give you some idea of the fun we all had. This all came together on two weeks notice. It was well attended for such short notice. Next time I'll plan ahead more. I'd like to thank all who attended. I think everyone had a fabulous time and would come to the next one. A special thank you goes out to Abraham and Angelika for all their help and support. An extra special thank you to my wife and daughter for everything and supporting my business that's way more than just a job. The best compliment I got was from my teenage daughter who after the type-out said, "Dad, the type-out was way more fun than I thought it would be". That's as good as it gets.
     Well that's it for this week. Thanks for checking it out. Everyone have a wonderful week.  

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The BOSTON TYPE-OUT is Coming!

I've seen this machine in two different TV shows this year.

Someone just bought this Streamliner as a gift.

This pink Olympia SM-7 sold a few days ago. We nicknamed it Pepto.