Cambridge Typewriter Shop Hosting Speed-Typing Competition
Typewriter enthusiasts like to step away from their computers and get together to talk about ink and paper.
In a digital age, iPadâ€™s may reign supreme, but that doesnâ€™t mean thereâ€™s not a market for vintage devices once used for sending messages.
Thatâ€™s apparent to Cambridge Typewriter shop owner Tom Furrier, during both regular business hours, and every time he hosts the â€śType Outâ€ť event in front of his store in Arlington. â€śI try and do this twice a yearâ€”once in the spring and once in the fall. This is the third one we [will be holding],â€ť says Furrier of the event, which draws anywhere from 30 to 60 typewriter fanatics to the sidewalk outside of his small store, where they set up benches and type away.
The gathering gives his regulars a chance to mingle with others who have an obsession with the nostalgic writing devices, but also brings out those with a unique machine that they want to show off and let collectors use. Furrier says the â€śType Out,â€ť which is scheduled for May 11, will feature a speed-typing competition, with the grand prize of a classic typewriter going to the person with the quickest fingers. â€śWe put some long tables out in front of the shop on the curb where the grass is and I turn the inside of my shop into an antique display,â€ť says Furrier. He says if customers donâ€™t have a machine of their own, they can use one of the vintage typewriters he has out.
â€śIt gets a little noisy if there is a big crowd out front,â€ť he says of the clacking that comes from the hands of the attendees as they try out each otherâ€™s favorite typewriters. â€śAnd the shop gets crowded, but itâ€™s a lot of fun.â€ť
Furrier says he just returned from a trip to New York Cityâ€™s East Village, where he attended a similar event (with a much bigger crowd). The uniqueness of the gathering was enough to attract NBCâ€™s national news channel, but he doesnâ€™t think they will show up for the Arlington event.
To find out more about Furrierâ€™s shopÂ visit his blog, where he posts about typewriterâ€™s he has fixed after using them and then scanning the words on the paper into his computer.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2013/04/29/cambridge-typewriter-competition-type-out/