It’s an interesting thing to watch something you have long thought of as a very niche interest, in this case a love and interest in old manual writing machines, burgeon into a cultural phenomena. Today I learned that the Typewriter Revolution has spread to other parts of my state, and an article in the Prescott, Arizona Daily Courier brings news of a group of typist-enthusiasts in that northern Arizona town. Next time I’m in Prescott, perhaps I’ll stop by the Wild Iris Coffee House and see if my brothers in arms are clacking away there. (:
Another fun thing I enjoy is checking the signups at TWDB for new Hunters to upgrade. Even though only a handful of people a month actually request to be upgraded, I’ll often check the info left behind and upgrade people anyway if their info indicates some interest or connection to typewriters. Usually if they upload a profile photo and put in a personal description, that’ll be enough for me to upgrade, but sometimes people sign up with an email address that indicates they own their own domain name, and I’ll grab the domain part of the address and plug it into a browser to see what their website looks like.
This was how I found out about independent film director Lee Citron, who signed up a couple days ago. His site shows off almost a dozen well-made short films from his portfolio, and I knew Mr Citron was a true Typewriter Hunter (and thus I upgraded his account) when I enjoyed his short film “Idiot Box“. About halfway through the film I noted a scene where the protagonist sits at work in a modern-ish office, typing a report on a 1940’s vintage Smith-Corona portable (a stripey Speedline model, in need of a new ribbon):