In the Boston area, find a typewriter salvage and repair shop and a still-running Linotype machine

Sales of this item are up nearly 50% from a year ago, according to some retailers. No, no hand sanitizer, typewriters!



OUTSIDE. >> IT MAY BE THE NOSTALGIA FOR A NECESSITY OF THE PAST NOW BECOMES CRAFTSMANSHIP. HERE SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS THE CREATIVITY CLACK THAT COMES TO LIFE ACTOR TOM HANKS OFFERS A COMPLETE COLLECTION AND TIKTOK USERS are buzzing with excitement for the typewriter. >> THIS IS THE SENSORY FEEDBACK THEY GET FROM A TYPEWRITER THAT TYHE WON’T LEAVE A LAPTOP OR KEYBOARD. >> TOM FURRIERS A RARE RACE OF OTHER OWNERS OF A TYPICAL STORE THAT HIDES HIM AND HIS CAMBRIDGE MACHINE STORE VERY POPULAR THESE DAYS. >> WHEN THEOC LKDOWN STARTED AND EVYOERNE WAS TRAPPED AT HOME, IT JUST GO UP 10 notches. I SELL MACHINES ON THE SIDEWALK STEP PEOPLE ARE IN THE WINDOW POINT DAN I TAKE THEM OUT AND I AM CRAZY OPPORTUNITY. >> SALES AND SERVICE AT SHI SMALL ARLINGTON STOREFRONT, A TNKHI RIBBON AND KEY JUNGLE GYM WAS OVER 40% COMPARED TO LAST YEAR. BUT IT IS A FLAME OF SALES THAT HAS BEEN TRIGGERED TWO DECADES AT A TIME WHEN COMPUTERS THREATENED TO SHUT DOWN THE NOW FOUR DECADES OLD BUSINESS. >> CIRCA 2001-2002 PEOPLE ASK FOR VINTAGE AND RITGH AWAY MANUAL TYPES, I THOUGHT MAYBE IT IS. THIS MAY BE WHAT I SHOULD DO FOR THE NEXT 20-30 YEARS. >> THE FIRST LOVE OF >> REPAIRS THESE TOOLS ONCE WE IN DAILY LIFE ENTER INTO AN INTIMATE CRAFTSMANSHIP BETWEEN MAN AND MACHINE. >> THE VOICE MY HEADPHONES SAID THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD DO, IT’S BEAUTIFUL. >> IT NOW HAS AN EALQU PASSION >> TT’H IS ONE OF THE OLDEST THINGS HERE, IT’S A HAONM® NUMBER FROM 1884. >> CAN I TOUCH IT? >> YES. >> THE SHOWS ARE FILLED WITH RELICS FROM THE 1920S TO THE 70S VERSIONS. IT’S DIFFICULT TO KEEP IN STOCK THANKS TO 2020, THE YEAR OF EVERYTHING AT HOME. >> PEOPLE MAKE CREATIVE WRITING AT HOME, NEWSPAPER, NEWSPAPERS, POETRY, >> HE TELLS THE RIGHT CESOM MACHINE TO WRITE TO THE RIGHT FIELD. THINK IT LIKE A TEST DRIVING A CAR. >> TWO OR THREE-WEEK LEARNING CURVE TOWARDS THE TRANSITION FROM A KEYBOARD TO A MACHINE. >> BUT IT SAYS THE HEART OF A WRITER OF OTHER FINGERS >> YES, I LOVE HIM. T >> OFTEN NOT INSTINCTUALLY HOW TO DANCE ON THE KEYS. >> TYPEWRITERS IMPROVE WHAT YOU WRITE BECAUSE OF THE WAY YOUR BRAIN WORKS AND THINGS IN THE AIR AND THE RHYTHM OF THE MACHINE. THEY GO TOGETHER. ♪ >> INSIDE THE LITTLE SHED AND PLAINE JAMAQUE, A SYNCHRONIZED PERFORMANCOFE LETTERS, SLUGS AND MOENLT METAL, A TWO TON MACHINE WORKING IN CONCERT WITH N.MA THAT MAN, MICHAEL BABCOCK. >> THIS IS A RELIEF FOR THE REPRINT WHERE THE FACE OF THE TYPE IS INKED AND PRINTED ON PAPER, LETTERPRESS. THE RECOMBINATION, DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING POSSIBILITIES OF BEAIFULUTTU SFF ARE TRULY ATTRACTIBLE. >> YOU COULD SAY THE ENGINE IN THIS PROCESS IS THE MODEL 31 LINOTYPE TSHI 75 YEARS OLD. THE ONLY MACHINE OF ITS KIND IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS OUTSIDE A MUSEUM AND FEW ARTISANS EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW TO TURN IT ON A LOT LESS USED. >> I AM AN EXPERT AS I AM. >> IT WASN’T ALWAYS ALWAYS. 50 YEARS AGO THESE MACHINES WERE ABUNDANT, FILLING THE FLOORS OF BLPUISHING HOUSES AND NEWSPAPERS. >> NEWSPAPERS UNTIL THE BOOK MAKING OF THE 1970s, THAT IS WHY GUTENBERG WAS FAMOUS. >> THERE IS NO DENIING HIS AFFECTION FOR THE PRINTED WORD. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE LETTER? >> NO, THEY ARE ALL GOOD. >> WHEN YOU WATCH HIS MOVEMENT SENDING PRINT IN THE BEDROOM, AND ON THESE NEW YEAR’S CARDS, YOU BEGIN TO WONDER WHY HE IS KEEPING THIS NICHE BUSINESS ALIVE. >> YOU DON’T NEED TO HAVE ONE OF THESE LATEST, YOU DON’T NEED TO HAVE ANY TIDE, YOU CAN HAVE YOUR COMPUTER YOU CAN BUY A KEMAR PTELA. THIS IS THE PRESS LETTER. BUT IT’S NOT JUST THE PROCESS. >> DO CUSTOMERS INCLUDE POETS AND MUSICIANS AND SOON BE NEW NEW PLAYERS FOR HIM, MAYBE THE BALANCE OF METICULOUS WORK THAT MAKES THEM CONTINUE. >> THERE IS SOMETHING SATISFACTORY WHEN THE KITCHEN IS FULL OF CAST LINES, I TAKE IT INSIDE AND PROVE IT AND FIND NO TYPE OF TYPE. >> TO KNOW THAT ALTHOUGH IT HAS TYPEFACES SHLSEL, IT IS PART OF ONE OF THE FIRES TO KEEP A MACHINE LIKE THIS AND PRINT HISTORY ALIVE. ♪ >> MICHAEL BABCOCK SAYS THE FUTURE OF LINOTYPE IS PRECARIOUS BECAUSE SOME MACHINE PARTS BROKEN THERE ARE NO REPLACEMENT PARTS. >> READY FOR A FEW anecdotes? IT USES ETERROBANG PRESSES. IT COMBINES! ANNA? CALLED TO ENTERRA BK.AN BANQUE ENTERRA – INTERROBANG.

In the Boston area, find a typewriter salvage and repair shop and a still-running Linotype machine

Sales of this item are up nearly 50% from a year ago, according to some retailers. No, no hand sanitizer, typewriters!

From sales to repairs and new to old, the Cambridge Typewriter has been a typewriter for almost 40 years. The Arlington-based store remains one of the few fully-dedicated typewriter stores in the country. Michael Babcock is a rare breed, one of five esteemed people in the United States who own and operate a Linotype machine used in the letterpress process. Her Jamaica Plain studio, Interrobang Letterpress, offers everything from wedding invitations to poetry prints.

From sales to repairs and new to old, the Cambridge Typewriter has been a typewriter for almost 40 years. The Arlington-based store remains one of the few fully-dedicated typewriter stores in the country.

Michael Babcock is a rare breed, one of five esteemed people in the United States who own and operate a Linotype machine used in the letterpress process. Her Jamaica Plain studio, Interrobang Letterpress, offers everything from wedding invitations to poetry prints.