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Event celebrates the use of typewriters


UPI News Service, 12/19/2010 

About a dozen people turned up at an event in Philadelphia to show off their old Smith-Coronas and Underwood typewriters, the event's organizer said.

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Event organizer Michael McGettigan said he used the Internet and social networking sites to promote the show, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported..

McGettigan, who owns 5 manual typewriters, said he organized the Philadelphia Type-In because he thought it would be fun to spend some time typing with other people who also enjoy the early version of the word processor.

One attendee was Matt Cidoni, 16. He had his mother drive him to the event from their East Brunswick, N.J., home. Cidoni fell in love with typewriters after finding an old Sears electric in his basement.

The owner of 10 typewriters, Cidoni brought 4 of them to Saturday's show; he keeps a picture of his favorite, a 1928 Royal 10, on his iPhone.

He rolled a sheet of paper into a Hermes Rocket and typed, "Well, I really love this Hermes, and I think it's going to be mine for sure."

Bill Ince, 48, brought an old Underwood that once belonged to an aunt.

Web site designer Jennifer Wuan said she came to the event because "I want to be with my people."

She especially liked the Hermes Rocket.

"Oh my gosh, it's gorgeous," Wuan said of the Hermes.

McGettigan thinks typewriters are making a comeback.

"A typewriter makes you more linear," McGettigan said. "On a computer, 'Let's throw all these thoughts on a page and we'll force an order into them later.' You've got to bring a quiet mind to typewriting."


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