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07-1-2016 22:50:17  #1


Is the hipster movement saving retrotech things like typewriters?

I've been interested in retrotech my whole life, a by-product of being poor. I was given a typewriter at 9, a computer at 12; I'm 27 now. So, I think I've been in to vinyl, cassette tapes, typewriters, etc, a little longer than the hipster movement has existed.

I've been talking around to people about typewriters (possibly my favorite thing to discuss or inform people about), partially because I now work in a stationery store. Most people I talk to in town have never actually seen one in person. When I get a digital camera again, I intend to take a lot of photos of my 3 portables, just to show curious people that I meet to/from work all the time.

The retrotech movement with these hipster teenagers is seeming to make it easier for me to find things, like ribbons, and repair shops (though I can't find a typewriter repair person in town, there's 3 official stores in my province). Is anyone else sort of noticing this?


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08-1-2016 00:07:52  #2


Re: Is the hipster movement saving retrotech things like typewriters?

telekinetic typewriter wrote:

The retrotech movement with these hipster teenagers is seeming to make it easier for me to find things, like ribbons, and repair shops (though I can't find a typewriter repair person in town, there's 3 official stores in my province). Is anyone else sort of noticing this?

 ​What exactly do you mean by "official stores"? And which province are you talking about? I'm sure that the hipsters haven't hurt the supply channels, but I don't think they're the main driving force. None of the collectors that I know could be described as a hipster, except for maybe Valiant, but he's more old-school hip. Of the hipsters that I've crossed paths with they mostly just buy one machine and call it a day, and even then I'm not sure how much the machine ends up being used. Something tells me not enough for them to need a supply of ribbons.  


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08-1-2016 03:04:57  #3


Re: Is the hipster movement saving retrotech things like typewriters?

Hmm. You could be right. The majority of people interested in typewriters I know are older than me, but retrotech is very popular with the younger people right now.

By 3 official stores, I mean solely or mostly dedicated to typewriters.


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08-1-2016 11:15:20  #4


Re: Is the hipster movement saving retrotech things like typewriters?

Could you name these three typewriter stores? I'm very curious.


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08-1-2016 16:03:38  #5


Re: Is the hipster movement saving retrotech things like typewriters?

Assembly of Text have two locations; one in Vancouver, the other in Victoria.  https://www.assemblyoftext.com/

Polson's Office Supplies and Typewriter Repairs, Vancouver.
http://www.polsonsofficeproducts.ca/


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08-1-2016 16:47:02  #6


Re: Is the hipster movement saving retrotech things like typewriters?

Well... I live in hipster central and I'm not really aware of anything as organised as a 'retrotech movement'.  Vinyl, eg, is more popular partly because of rave culture. My boyfriend (a photographer) and his photographer friends still prefer film - though for jobs, most clients want the stuff back faster than that and they want it digital. The hipster question never seems to go away but for the most part the question seems to be 'what is a hipster'? 

There is a hipster typewriter shop near me, in the absolute epicentre of London hipsterdom, Shoreditch - they do repairs and also sell typewriters for vast sums. (Slightly less than your average Etsy shop, however). They struck me as slapdash and whimsical - it was the fellow having his hair cut in the shop while on his own in there, and privileging that over serving me, and the fact that they had lost my contact details off my typewriter (even though I'd written my details in their book) etc, etc, etc, that made me think they were hipsters - not the typewriters per se.

Hipsterism seems to me synonymous with a sort of dilettantism, cultural appropriation of the recent past, a slapdash solipsism...  and they're not for the most part teenagers. 20s and 30s I'd have said, at least round here.

I think whatever's in the air is something more genuine than just hipsters. I sold three machines this Christmas. They went to: a woman giving it as a Christmas present to her 12yo daughter who's desperate to write her stories on it; a younger woman giving one to her mum, who's retired now and used to write radio plays; and a man who seems older, and is definitely no hipster. Another recent buyer was an 80yo lady who is doing a creative writing course and incredibly excited to be buying a Royalite from me - she had trashed her old Lettera 22, through sheer enthusiasm (and correction fluid), & I took it in part exchange. And I know a couple of older writers who have never stopped using their typewriters. One friend in his 60s only recently switched to a computer. He's a poet but he's no hipster.

The repairman I use has been going since 1975 (our very own typewriterman), & I buy ribbons either from him or from Rymans, which is just  chain stationer.

 

 

28-2-2016 00:57:07  #7


Re: Is the hipster movement saving retrotech things like typewriters?

I guess in answer to the question is yes--in part for a little while.  My guess is that they'll probably go onto something else after they've had their fun.  Then a bloke like me will come along, buy up all their typewriters they don't want anymore, fix 'em up and use 'em, and go down to the Waffle House for breakfast while they go a Starbucks or something less Squatleyish than the places I frequent.


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28-2-2016 03:07:19  #8


Re: Is the hipster movement saving retrotech things like typewriters?

Several threads mention 'hipsters', but I still don't know what they are - and no help to be had in any dictionary I would trust.  Somebody please enlighten me.


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28-2-2016 09:34:27  #9


Re: Is the hipster movement saving retrotech things like typewriters?

I dont know really either. Hippies? Or something else?

Beak, maybe it means retro like people?


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28-2-2016 10:06:09  #10


Re: Is the hipster movement saving retrotech things like typewriters?

beak wrote:

Several threads mention 'hipsters', but I still don't know what they are - and no help to be had in any dictionary I would trust.  Somebody please enlighten me.

Here ya go, guys.
<http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hipster>

This is a useful definition but ... Be careful about wandering around in other areas of the Urban Dictionary; there's a lot of stuff you don't want to know.

 

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