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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
The 6th Annual PHILADELPHIA Type-IN, Philadelphia, PA, May 16, 2015
Other US Type-Ins
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:
Vermont's First Type-In, Burlington, VT, June 6, 2015
Type-Ins Around The World:
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:
Kalamazoo Typochondriacs Fifth Type-In, Kalamazoo, MI, June 20, 2015
Saturday, June 20 • Noon-4:00 PM
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!
Third Annual Type-In, celebrating International Typewriter Day, Oblation Papers and Press
Saturday, June 20th, 2015 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Here at Oblation Papers and Press we support public typing. Once a year we gather together to celebrate National Typewriter Day during our Type-In. Join us for our third annual Type-In. Come in and sit down to one of our refurbished vintage typewriters. We will provide the letterhead stationery, the envelopes, and the stamps. You type the message and we will pop it in the mail for you.
Enter to win in our vintage typewriter raffle. Refurbished typewriters for purchase.
Tour behind the scenes the letterpress studio, the paper mill and the typewriter bunker.
Landmark Books Second Annual Type-In, Traverse City, MI, June 27, 2015
Saturday, June 27 • Noon
Los Angeles Type-In, LA, CA, June 28, 2015
June 28th from 2-6 PM
I am excited to invite you all to the Los Angeles Type-In!
This community-based creative writing workshop will be held on June 28th from 2-6 PM at Astroetic Studios in Downtown LA. We encourage participants to bring their own typewriter or notebook. The event is for people of all ages. There will be coffee and snacks, and a $5 donation will help support the Unlock the Stage Theater Program.
The type-in will consist of a series of stream of conscious writing prompts that will include live music, group interaction, food, smells and so much more. While the event spans four hours, attendees may come whenever they like and stay as long as they want.
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