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The Romance of Typewriters

by | Jun 11, 2016 | Uncategorized | 9 comments

On Thursday, at the invitation of author, book promoter, and typewriter collector Sheila English, I attended Lori Foster’s Reader & Author Get Together, a gathering for romance writers and their fans in suburban Cincinnati. A third typewriter lover, author Monica Corwin, joined us.

This was our plan:

The plan was soon modified to just be “Fun with Typewriters” all afternoon. It was a casual and enjoyable time to chat and to provide information, advice, and companionship to the various people who wandered in and tried the machines.

In addition to about half a dozen usable typewriters, we had several historic typewriters on display:

Sheila brought this recent find, a well-preserved Bennett with a super-rare brochure:

Monica brought this Underwood Champion with a clever tripod that fits into the base of the case:

People had fun trying the typewriters, writing letters and poetry, and learning or relearning how to use the manual devices.

A Valentine was a must-have at a romance convention!

Monica is in the middle here:

9 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    This looks like a lot of fun. I see you brought your Purple Prose Producer Turbo – a good choice for this event :)

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  2. Anonymous

    I love that haiku. It's perfect

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  3. Richard P

    I agree, and I should make clear that I'm not the author; it was written by another participant in the event.

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  4. Dan Johnson

    I believe it is known as "Techno".

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  5. shordzi

    Thanks for this detailed report. I like the haiku a lot.

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  6. Gerard

    How I wish I were there!

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