Frank already wrote a blogpost about it, but last week was the Dutch typewriter collectors meeting. Jos and I organized an informal program. Although not everything went according to plan, the meeting was great fun!
10:00 – 10:30: opening talk
11:30 – 12:30: show and tell of your favorite portable
11:30 – 12:00: typewriters on vinyl
12:30 – 13:30: lunch break
13:30 – 14:00: a little typing competition
14:00 – 14:30: who won the competition?
14:30 – 15:00: special on stenograph machines
15:00 – 15:30: exhibit of portables and stenographs machines
15:30 – 16:30: drinks and snacks
during typewriters in the 21th century
Before we could start the meeting, we arranged all of the Halbergs to their serial numbers and we also had to do some electrical engineering to get a record player working. When everybody arrived and was done prepping everything, I started the meeting with a presentation about my own portable machines (couldn’t choose just one favorite). It was a lot less scary than expected I must say! The others also presented their favorite portable typewriters: a Barlet Universal, a Lilliput, a Carrisima and a BootsNippo200.
Unfortunately the presentation typewriters on vinyl couldn’t go trough. Jos forgot the records and my laptop didn’t want to play the recordings in his presentation. He did however brought a Royal portable with build-in radio in the case. I believe it must be the most hipster machine ever made. Can you imagine? Sitting at the park, typing up your poems and listening to the radio OF YOUR TYPEWRITER! It was awesome and I must have one. Unfortunately, the one for sale at Marktplaats didn’t sell to me…
After lunch and more talking, everybody took place at a typewriter for a little typing competition. Just like during secretary school, I wrote a text which I projected at the screen. After the startsign the competitors got ten minutes to type as much as they could, with as little mistakes as they could make. It was so much fun!
Finally it was up to Jaap and his talk and exhibit of stenograph machines. It was a very interesting talk. I never learned stenography during secretary school, and I got happy and sad about it at the same time looking at those machines. Some of the steno really looks like cryptography, but others like the Tachotype just type real texts. The Tachotype was invented with and for Schoevers Institute, which has been and still is the best private secretary school in the Netherlands. If you want to know more about the Tachotype, Frank wrote a piece about it in 2012.
And finally, the machines we kept walking back to during the entire meeting. There were TEN Halbergs present. At the beginning of the meeting we arranged them according to their serial numbers. I was kind of flabergasted (but also proud) to see my Christmas Gift Halberg standing at the front of the row. Jos and Jaap have being researching this machine for a while now, so when there was time they immediatly started to examine the differences between mine and the following serial number. The differences were smal, but they found at least three of them!