My typewriter collection had its first “outing” after I was invited to put together a typewriter exhibition at Fresh Prints: A Celebration of Ink and Paper – a market fair for zines, independent publishing, artist books, comics and printed works – held at the Northbridge Piazza, Perth, on Saturday the 18th of April.

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I could hardly believe my luck – perfect weather and my own marquee in the most shaded part of the piazza!

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Typewriters were also featured on the big screen

Initially though, I felt a bit isolated …

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… separated from the hubbub of the market stalls …

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… by an expanse of green lawn …

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But as the afternoon progressed the typewriter-curious began to wander across the lawn to take a look …

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And not just take a look …

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… it was very much a hands-on event.

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Perth people of all ages, nationality and gender …

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Who would have thought typewriters could be such fun!

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Torpedo’s away!

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Of course, there were those who took it a bit more seriously …

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Myself included …

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The plastic Hermes Baby was severely tested …

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… and passed with flying colours (all of them green).

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That is one tough little typewriter!

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I’m glad the Brother 700T got some attention …

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This cute typist wasn’t at all concerned about the AZERTY keyboard on my LP44 (Antares Compact) …

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And these kids didn’t need to use the Shift key…

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… because they had CAPS ON.

(Trust me, there’s plenty more where that came from…!)

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