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What are Type-Ins? Currently planned Type-Ins:

This image from Smith-Corona advertising during the 1960's is probably the earliest reference to the idea of the Type-In, the practice of gathering together with our typewriters and celebrating our machines and what we create with them. The New York Times records that Mike McGettigan's First Philadelphia Type-In on Dec 18, 2010 was the beginning of modern Type-Ins. Since that time, there have been Type-Ins held in several states of the Union and in countries all over the globe.

If you'd like to know even more about the history of the modern Type-In and how you can hold one yourself, consult Phillytyper's advice here.

The term "Type-Out" was coined by Tom at Cambridge Typewriter in MA to refer to the practice of having a Type-In outside in the sunshine. The first such Type-Out was held in front of Cambridge Typewriter on Oct 22, 2011.

History of the Modern Type-In:

American Type-ins:

The First Philadelphia Type-In was the first organized Type-In, held on Dec. 18, 2010 and organized by Michael McGettigan.

Some links for the Philadelphia Type-Ins:

The 5th Annual PHILADELPHIA Type-IN @The Shambles, October 25, 2014

Phoenix Type-Ins
We've had 5 Type-Ins in Phoenix:

The First Phoenix Typewriter Round-Up & Type-In @ Hula's Modern Tiki, Saturday March 5, 2011 The Second Phoenix Typewriter Round-Up & Type-In @ Monti's La Casa Vieja, Saturday, June 18, 2011 A Mini Type-In @ China China, Wednesday Oct 5, 2011 The Third Phoenix Typewriter Round-Up & Type-In @ The Lux. Phoenix, AZ Saturday, March 31, 2012 The 4th Phoenix Typewriter Round-Up & Type-In @ The Lux, Phoenix, AZ. Saturday March 16, 2013 The 5th Phoenix Typewriter Round-Up & Type-In @ First Draft Book Bar, Phoenix, AZ. Saturday July 26, 2014

Boston Type-Outs
Tom Furrier at Cambridge Typewriter Co., Inc. organizes Type-Outs outside of his Typewriter Shop in Arlington, Ma.:

The First Great Boston Type-Out @ Cambridge Typewriter Co., Oct 22, 2011 The Second Great Boston Type-Out @ Cambridge Typewriter Co., June 9, 2012 The Third Great Boston Type-Out @ Cambridge Typewriter Co., May 11, 2013 The Fourth Great Boston Type-Out @ Cambridge Typewriter Co., Oct. 5th, 2013 The Fifth Great Boston Type-Out @ Cambridge Typewriter Co., Sept. 13, 2014

Other US Type-Ins
There have been other type-ins all over the United States:

There was a Type-In in Snohomish, WA in February 2011:

There was apparently a Type-In in Utah in April 2011:

There was a Type-In in Tacoma, WA May 1, 2011

There was a Type-In in Los Angeles, CA on May 22, 2011

There was a Type-In in Cincinnati, OH on July 2 2011

There was a Type-In in Seattle, WA on July 30, 2011

There was a Type-In in Staten Island, NY on July 16, 2011:

There was a Type-In in Venice, CA in 2012:

There was a Type-In in Madison, WI on June 23, 2012

There was a Type-In in Beaver, PA on February 23, 2013:

There was a Type-In in Manhattan, NY. on April 21, 2013:

There was a Type-In at Oblation Papers & Press in Portland OR. on June 23, 2013 (Typewriter Day!):

There was a Type-In at California Typewriter in Berkeley, CA. on Dec. 27, 2013:

There was a Type-In at L.A. Marler Studio in Santa Monica, CA. on March 8th, 2014:

There was a Type-In at Billy Bob's Silver Diner in Winston Salem, NC. on March 12th, 2014:

There was a Type-In at Velo Cult in Portland, OR. on April 5, 2014.

There was a Type-In at Sitwell's Coffeehouse in Cincinnati, OH. on April 26, 2014:

There was a Type-In at Landmark Books in Traverse City, Michigan on June 21, 2014:

International Typewriter Collectors Convention 2014, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 7th - 10th, 2014:

The Third Kalamazoo-area (Michigan) Type-In Sept. 13, 2014:

Tacoma Type-Out, Tacoma, WA, September 27, 2014:

Queen City's First Type-In, Manchester, NH, December 4, 2014:

Type-Ins Around The World:
On Sept. 10, 2011, the Swiss typosphere got into the act and held a Type-in in Bern:

Additional Type-Ins have been held in Geneva, Basel, Lugano and Zurich. This page contains links to the reports:

There was a Type-In in Estonia on February 13, 2013:

There was a Type-In in The Netherlands on March 9, 2013:

A second Type-In in The Netherlands was held on April 13, 2013:

A Third Type-In in The Netherlands was held on March 15, 2014:

There was a Type-In in Brisbane, Australia on March 10, 2013:

There was a Type-In in Sydney, Australia on May 27, 2013:

A 3-Day Type-In Extravaganza was held in London, England on July 25, 27 and 29, 2013:

Type-Ins were held in Toronto, Canada on August 8 and Nov 19, 2013:

There was a Type-In in Canberra, Australia on Dec 29, 2013:

There was a Type-Out in Brisbane, Australia on March 9, 2014:

There was a Type-in held in Southeast Asia's Lion City Singapore, Hong Kong on March 15, 2014:

The First Intercontinental Type-In was held in Basel, Switzerland on March 30, 2014:

London Type-In/Out was held at the Hoop & Toy in London on May 18, 2014:

The Secrets & Type Type-In was held in Berlin, Germany, on November 22, 2014:

There have been a few others that probably have escaped my memory.

A documentary: "The Typewriter (In The 21st Century)", partly filmed at the 2nd Phoenix Type-In and the Los Angeles Type-In:

PHILADELPHIA Type-IN, Philadelphia, PA, May 16, 2015

Sat., May 16th, noon to4 pm
Pretzel Park • Cotton & Cresol Sts.,
in the Manayunk section of PHILADELPHIA.
(minutes from SEPTA Manayunk Rail Station)

Featuring, at the very least:
Fast & Serious: Speed Typing Challenge
TyperHaiku • Typewriter Swap
TyperTech Help Desk • Roller Call

FREE, of course (Bring your favorite typewriter (maybe one to trade, & a stamped envelope)
More info:

6th Phoenix Type-In, Phoenix, AZ, May 23, 2015

Saturday, May 23 • 1:00-4:00 pm
@ First Draft in Changing Hands
If you were in the mood to meet like-minded typewriter enthusiasts, this might be your event. So mark your calendar for May 23rd from 1-4 for some spring typing fun.
More info:

Vermont's First Type-In, Burlington, VT, May 16, 2015

Saturday, June 6 • 2:00-5:00 PM
Maglianero Cafe
47 Maple Street, Burlington, VT

Open to typewriter enthusiasts young and old
Bring your manual typewriters
Type, show and possibly trade
Creative Writing and Speed Typing Contests
No typewriter? Come and play anyway!
More info:

Kalamazoo Typochondriacs Fifth Type-In, Kalamazoo, MI, June 20, 2015

Saturday, June 20 • Noon-4:00 PM
Arcadia Brewing Company
701 E. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The Kalamazoo Typochondriacs will hold their fifth type-in on Saturday, June 20, 2015, from noon to 4 p.m. ET at Arcadia Brewing Company, 701 E. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Typewriters from 1915 into the 1970s will be on display and available to use. Create letter, poems, postcards, stories - even art. Planned activities include a Skype presentation by Richard Polt, author of the forthcoming book "The Typewriter Revolution." Have a portable manual typewriter? Bring it to share!
More info:

Landmark Books Second Annual Type-In, Traverse City, MI, June 27, 2015

Saturday, June 27 • Noon
Bring your typewriter down to Landmark Books for a day of typing fun. We encourage people to type and learn about this growing hobby. There will be typewriters to use and also some will be for sale. If you would like to sell your typewriter just give us a call for details at 231-922-7225. Landmark Books is located in the historic Traverse City State Hospital, their address is 800 Cottageview Drive, Suite 45, Traverse City, Michigan, 49684. The event is free, kid friendly and begins at Noon.
More info:

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