The mission of the Early Typewriter Collectors’ Association is to support communication and interaction within the community of typewriter lovers and collectors, and to encourage its growth. Our magazine, ETCetera, serves that mission by gathering and sharing knowledge about typewriter history with the community and beyond.
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Richard Polt is a former editor of ETCetera, author of The Typewriter Revolution, webmaster of The Classic Typewriter Page, and co-editor of the Cold Hard Type anthologies. He teaches philosophy at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Berthold ("Bert") Kerschbaumer (born 1963 in Steyr, Austria), professor of business informatics at Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences (1980 on) and worked for Olivetti for 12 years. While at Olivetti, my colleague and then friend and mentor, the late Willi Süß, introduced me to the wide field of historic typewriters. Typewriter and ephemera collector for 25+ years; contributor to ETCetera for many years and also member of the IFHB.
My special interest is in early printed matter about office machines, Olivetti, and Blickensderfer typewriters. I also envision that ETCetera will continue as a printed, full-color magazine primarily devoted to researching the technical and cultural history of early typewriters, and that the main goal is to publish content that can be found only within its pages. The organization or support of collector meetings will be of additional value in creating a collectors' community.
In an international context, the association will be the first destination in the field of historic typewriters.
I live in Toronto with my wife and daughter and have been collecting 19th century typewriters for 30 years. Like many people, I had a love for early mechanical devices and so in my late 20s I decided to find what I would collect. The search had these parameters, something 19th century mechanical, something not too large and with a great range of design and finally something not collected by a lot of people as I wanted to get my treasure at a good price. Well it took two years but in finding a Caligraph 2 and in spending three months taking it entirely apart to restore it, I realized that my hunt was over and that early typewriters were for me. One aspect of collecting typewriters that I did not consider or anticipate was the great and broad interest that the world’s first typewriters would have in this age when just about everyone types on some sort of device. Also, I did not anticipate such a wonderful world of other collectors with whom I have had the great pleasure of sharing this exciting hobby with and in having ETCetera as our meeting house over all those years.
The adventures continue...
Peter Weil is a retired associate professor of anthropology at University of Delaware, contributing editor to ETCetera for eight years plus, winner of QWERTY Award 2013, avid typewriter and ephemera collector for 18+ years. Member of the board organizing the new and better Early Typewriter Collectors' Association. He is also the co-author of Typewriters, A Celebration of the Ultimate Writing Machine.
I believe the purpose of the new organization is to serve the typewriter community in its many dimensions, including collectors, writers, and others who enjoy typewriters in so many ways. This means that both the association and its publication, ETCetera, should serve those interests through supporting and reporting on activities and new realities of typewriterdom as they develop and through well-researched, well-written and graphically-strong articles and columns.
My vision is that the publication should be a hard-copy one that regularly is made available digitally after a reasonable period to serve as a larger database on typewriters. Related to all of this, the organization's web page shall be expanded and regularly updated to include sections on typewriter-related gatherings, meetings, publications, and any other typewriter—related activities and needs. In addition to the announcement of such events as type-ins and such, it should also include a classified section.
Reinmar Wochinz, mechanical engineer, born 1968 in Austria, now living in Munich, Germany. Collector of early typewriters and calculators since 1990. I supported ETCetera in the background since the time that Darryl Rehr was editor, by translating some issues into German and by helping with taking care of European subscribers. In my view, ETCetera is the best magazine worldwide on collectible typewriters. Its main strength is in the rare and early typewriters, but the regular columns on Ephemera and on Portables make ETCetera a complete magazine, covering as much as possible from the world of collectible typewriters within its limited space.
I believe that ETCetera should continue to be a hard-copy, full-color magazine. Making it available digitally should be done after a few years only, via a web page, which could be expanded to attract possible future members. The recent meeting in Milwaukee was great, and I hope that ETCetera can help to promote or organize such meetings or similar events in future.
Tyler Anderson is an accountant hailing from the distant and mystical land of "Idaho". Having discovered the wonders of antique typewriters in 2013, he has since developed a fondness for 3-bank machines and, in particular, Fox typewriters. One of his primary goals is to ensure that the good faith and camaraderie of the typewriter community is continued and strengthened. He is the author of The Fox Typewriter Company, the definitive volume on Fox typewriters.
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Lars was born 1969 in Gunzenhausen Germany and studied at the Catholic University Eichstätt, majoring in German literature, Education and Philosophy.
Borrmann currently works as a teacher in a small primary school in the town that was the birthplace of Ernst Martin.
He has been interested in typewriters since he was young, when he was looking for old stuff from household trash settings. His first typewriter was an Adler 7 which he still has. Lars became a more serious collector about 15 years ago and now he have about 170 typewriters, most of them pre-WWII of German or US manufacture. While there are not many rare typewriters in his collection, some highlights are a Hammond 1 and a Germania 5. He especially loves Blickensderfers, and has about 25 of them in his collection.
Argentinian lawyer, born on April 4, 1954. Legal Director for Latin America of the Applus Corporation (Spanish technology group). Collector of mechanical writing and calculating machines. ETCetera collaborator. Lover of Pink Floyd music and Woody Allen's cinema. A loving wife. Two children. Two grandchildren.
Nick Tauriainen is a student of graphic design and author of the blog x over it (2011-present). He first became interested in typewriters at age 10 and began collecting them a couple years later. He participated in organizing type-ins in London (May 2014) and Tacoma, WA (September 2014).
Theodore Munk is the Archivist and webmaster of The Typewriter Database and publisher of the Typewriter Repair Bible series. A $5 1948 Royal QDL started his journey down the road of Typewriter Madness in the mid-nineties, but he didn't discover other typewriter nerds until 2010. He tries hard to keep his corral at no more than 50 favorite machines.
Since 1987, the Early Typewriter Collectors’ Association has been bringing typewriter lovers together. By joining ETCA, you connect to a network of people around the world who appreciate typewriters — as antiques, as windows into history, as feats of engineering, as works of art, and as practical writing machines. You will receive our full-color magazine, ETCetera, four times a year, and we’ll keep you informed about major events and opportunities.
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