Typewriter Fans Gather in Philly for 'Type-In'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Fans of a bygone age have been taking time in Philadelphia to celebrate the nondigital, admittedly noisy era of the manual typewriter.

About a dozen people showed up Saturday with machines in tow to "Type-In" at a pub in the city's historic 30th Street Station.

Machines of varying sizes and colors shared tables with coffee and
beer as participants compared models and talked about bringing the
devices into a century not their own.

Technicians were also on hand to offer advice for ailing machines.

Event organizer Michael McGettigan says he values the durability of typewriters, which unlike quickly obsolete computers can go on
for decades as long as ribbons can be had.

He says the disadvantages are the slowness and weight of the machines - and "people going 'What's with you?"'

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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