Philly Typewriter Lecture Series

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Philly Typewriter Lecture Series

Join the Literature Department and Philly Typewriter for this 8-part typewriter series.

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Free Library of Philadelphia Heim Center- RM 131 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Wed, November 30, 2022 5:30 p.m.

The Writing Instrument: Typewriter Origins

Bryan Kravitz will discuss the multiple times the typewriter tried to find its design and the four men who finally achieved it.

Wed, January 18, 2023 5:30 p.m.

Typewriter Cause & Effect

Learn about the national and global reaction to the typewriter through resistance and praise.

Wed, February 15, 2023 5:30 p.m.

The Typewriter in the Workplace

Bryan Kravitz will share applications of the typewriter and how the machine changed industries for women, the railroad and more.

Wed, March 15, 2023 5:30 p.m.

Innovations & Standardization of the Typewriter

Bryan Kravitz will discuss the QWERTY keyboard to Magic Margins, a look at the evolution of the Typewriter & its functional staying power.

Wed, April 19, 2023 5:30 p.m.

The Personal life of the Typewriter

Exploring how the Typewriter found its home in the lives of artists, musicians and in our homes.

Wed, May 17, 2023 5:30 p.m.

IBM & The Rise of the Selectric

Learn how IBM and their “Mechanical Computer” became the secretarial standard.

Wed, June 21, 2023 5:30 p.m.

The Typewriter Revolution of Today

Bryan Kravitz will share why the Typewriter is experiencing it’s Renaissance, and the figures who are leading the charge.

Wed, August 16, 2023 5:30 p.m.

Philly Typewriter: The Age of Restoration & Preservation

Bryan Kravitz discusses the organization, Philly Typewriter, and how they are helping lead the world in the resurgence of the mechanical typewriter.