Wednesday, January 6, 2016

You couldn't have typewritten it any better: Polt brings the typewriter to Los Angeles

Los Angeles. The Monday after Christmas. Los Angeles. At rush hour no less.

Despite this, the question remains:
How do you end the year with the proverbial bang, start the fireworks show early and have it run through and usher in the New Year?

Grab the one and only Richard Polt, his revolutionary book in hand, with the setting of The Last Bookstore, nestled in the middle of Downtown LA, against the backdrop of a cold, windy, sprinkly - a rare sweater-weather evening, sprinkle in some of our lovely machines of dream & yore, with the perfect complimentary Melrose Poetry Bureau and guest morsels celebrity typewriter collector and LAPD badass Steve Soboroff, inspired artist L.A. Marler, and typewriter documentary director & musician Christopher LockettSoufflé - and it rises with the music of click and clack. Of course, i was there too along with fellow typospherian Annalese Stradivarius

Mr Polt has already blogged about this event here.

I roamed the streets of LA starting at 11am
The Last Bookstore storefront
Neon signage. and across the street: the Hotel Alexandria, featured in the movie Se7en
typosphere unite. There was even a brief appearance from Frank of Streamlines Deluxe. He did some of the art for Richard's book. No pic of him though.

Polt holds center court and reads from his book. At the event start, there were easily 25+ people in the audience.

Polt in his element.

Melrose Poetry Bureau, seated and typing up some on-the-fly poetry. If you are interested in them, they have an event this friday in Los Angeles: Quick Draw Poetry Cabaret.

another view. Yes, this is a bookstore. Because it is also a landmark and tourist attraction, there was lots of foot traffic and by one of my counts, the crowd swelled to 40 people and probably more.

Soboroff came to the stage to tell about some stories about why he collects typewriters. He recounted a story with Tom Hanks and explained to Tom why he and Tom aren't the same type of collector. Tom collects typewriters because of the machine. Steve collects them because of the person behind the machine. He told Hanks, i collect typewriters that belonged to people who are on the cover of Time Magazine. Steve said this made Tom pay attention to him solely and completely. Tom said, "I've been on the cover twice." Soon thereafter, Tom sent Steve copies of the 2 Time magazines along with one of his typewriters. I thought this was a splendid story. I found an article about it here. And this interview is interesting as well.

Corona sweatshirt worn by a Corona specialist. I forget his name but he told me he buys-repairs-sells only Coronas, especially the Corona 3, which he has 40 machines, and the Corona 4, which he has 30.

The Corona Man's Corona Special. It got a lot of attention.

Another typewriter enthusiast who brought this Underwood Universal. For some reason, he chose his own machine to type on primarily.

Soboroff showing how to use Bradbury's Royal KMM to a young girl.

More people typing on machines and discussing memories/experiences with the typewriter and showing how to use one. The guy in the salmon shirt is new to typewriters - i searched for what i thought was the name of his blog but i guess i remember it wrong. He was inquisitive and friendly with everyone.

The Melrose Poetry Bureau had dozens and dozens of walk-up requests to write up one of their instant poems. Good thing there were 4 of them. These guys are cool f'n dudes with the literary chops to boot. They were slammed from the get-go and it didn't let up.

Some solitary, some groups, all typewriter.

A kid writing on my Olivetti ICO. Even though i cringed at the thought of bringing her, i decided that since these events are rare, i should bring one of my favorites. She got a lot of attention but i didn't stand over her like Soboroff did with his machines. My ICO was in perfect condition, both function and appearance; however, by night's end, i discovered only the top half of the typeslug is making an imprint. So that bummed me out.

More typewriters, all around the stage.

L.A. Marler and Christopher Lockett

Just another view

Soboroff actually let people type on his machines, while he looked over their shoulder, of course hahaha.

Christmas Tree view

Very decent crowd. Check out the Yelp pics of the Last Bookstore because they have some very interesting book art.

Friday, October 2, 2015

My boys and a typewriter

Hello all - it's been an awful long time. I keep up with typewriter news on the fb group and i get daily emails on the posts in the yahoo groups. However, i rarely post.
Hope all is well out there.
Last night my boys played around with a Royal. Figuring out how it works and practicing all the functions. Seemed genuinely interested.
Sorry for the blurry cell phone pics:

Friday, August 8, 2014

Liquid Lunch

Got a new blue selectric ii yesterday. $7 from shopgoodwill but of course there's something wrong with it. I brought in my original selectric ii to see which one was less f'd up so I could diagnose and then watch a bunch of youtube videos to fix it.
I think ill be keeping the beige selectric and harvest from the blue one.
I also decided to drink some Hitachino for lunch

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Herd - My Typewriter Collection

This is the first time i've ever photo cataloged my collection. I'll add them to My Collections page on this blog in a few days - i may improve on the pics as i've realized some are blurry or just plain crap. These photos are cell phone pics taken a couple months ago for solely the purpose of quick reference to what is in the Herd. I aim to look at the pics every so often to decide what stays and what goes, what leaves and what belongs. I anticipate that i'll start the actual culling in the next couple months. 

Adler Tippa S, script

Blickensderfer 5

Consul 231, script

Consul 232

Corona Silent

Corona Sterling

Everest Mod S

Facit 1620, script

Groma Kolibri

Groma Kolibri

Groma Kolibri

Hermes 3000, elite

Hermes 3000, techno

Hermes Rocket

IBM Selectric II

Oliver Portable

Oliver Portable

Olivetti Ico

Olivetti Lettera 22 / Sears Courier

Olivetti Lettera 22

Olivetti Lettera 32

Olivetti Lettera 33, script

Olivetti Lexikon 80

Olivetti Studio 42

Olympia sm3, congress

Olympia sm3, italic

Olympia sm3, script

Olympia sm4

Olympia sm9, senatorial

Olympia Traveller C

Remington 5

Remington Model Seventeen

Remington Streamliner

Rheinmetall KST

Royal Ensign

Royal Model P

Royal Quiet De Luxe

Smith-Corona Skyriter

Swissa Piccola

Triumph Norm, cyrillic

Triumph Norm, english

Triumph Perfekt, script

Underwood Champion

Underwood Portable

Underwood Portable

Underwood Universal

Voss DeLuxe

Voss DeLuxe

Voss DeLuxe, script

Voss DeLuxe
Not pictured: Smith-Corona Silent Super and probably a couple other ones.