Martin and his typewriters have been featured in the media and his collection exhibited at museums and special events. If you would like to interview him, show his collection, or are interested in the exhibiting of his typewrites please contact him.
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MZTV Muesum, Toronto - 2015
‘Keyed Up, Switched On, Logged In’
The story of the birth of modern communication through the union of two of the most powerful inventions in history.
I had approached Moses Znaimer about doing a joint exhibit that would bring together early typewriters and televisions to celebrate how these two major inventions would lend themselves to another most important invention, the personal computer. He liked the idea and the exhibit ‘Keyed Up, Switched On, Logged In’ was created.
Read an article about the exhibit at Everythingzoomer.com
Introduction to Martin Howard and his collection at the MZTV Museum.
Consumer Electronic Show, Las Vegas - 2015
The World's First typewriters seen at the CES.
Show Media the parent company of TYPO Products, the maker of the TYPO2 keyboard for the iPhone, invited me to display and present 25 of my typewriters at their booth at the 2015 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.
This was certainly the last thing that people expected to see amongst all the gadgetry and high tech communication devices but people reacted with such joy and excitement that many stayed for over half an hour to check out the typewriters and to speak with me. It was an exhilarating time.
Show Media CEO Laurence Hallier had this to say.
"Martin Howard has 100 cylinders, he spoke to every single person with just as much passion no matter who they were. Also Martin, your collection was the star of the show, truly something people appreciate and enjoyed."
International Festival of Authors in Toronto - 2010
Antique typewriters, from the Martin Howard Collection,
will be on display at the International Festival of Authors,
Harbourfront, Toronto, October 20 – 30, 2010.
This is what
Margaret Atwood tweetered about the collection.
Calling all Gadgetgeeks! Very early days of keyboards:
It's like the Burgess Shales of
Now in its 31st year, the
International Festival of Authors (IFOA) brings together the best
writers of contemporary world literature for 11 days of readings,
interviews, lectures, round table discussions, and public book
signings each October.
"I was delighted to learn of Martin's extensive and diverse typewriter
collection. We are even more delighted to be able to showcase a
portion of his holdings at the International Festival of Authors,"
said Geoffrey E. Taylor, Director of the IFOA.
For a review of the event,
Shaw Festival Theatre - 2010
Four typewriters from the Martin Howard Collection will be
displayed in the lobby of the Shaw Festival Theatre during the run of
Age of Arousal by Linda Griffiths. These typewrites are
primary examples of the typewriters that were used by the first
professional typists in the mid 1880s and reflect the period and
setting of the play.
'It’s 1885 in Age of Arousal, and in London
there are half a million more women than men. Mary, an ex-suffragette,
has opened a secretarial school for women to teach liberation through
typing. When three sisters sign up, unexpected passions and secret
desires are unleashed as they each learn what being a New Woman can
Toronto Pearson International
Airport - 2008
Early Typewriters - Gateway to the Information Age
"Can you imagine typing without being able to see the paper? Or typing
one character at a time by sliding a bar back and forth? Early
Typewriters: Gateway to the Information Age presents the early history
of typewriters. Over 40 machines from the late nineteenth and early
twentieth century are featured in this exhibition."
Front of brochure
- Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) - 2007-2008
Early Typewriters - Gateway to the Information Age presents
the renowned collection of Torontonian Martin Howard, the largest of
its kind in Canada. These fascinating examples of early modern
communications technology (1880s & 1890s) will be seen at the ROM
until January 2008. There are twenty selected typewriters on display
along with period ads and photographs.
William Thorsell, Director and CEO of the ROM, conveyed the
relevance of Howard’s collection as follows.
"The Royal Ontario
Museum became aware of the private collection of early typewriters
owned by Martin Howard of Toronto, in 2006. Visiting the collection,
we realized that this compilation of early writing machines was
extensive, authoritative and beautifully cared for."
collection illustrates mankind’s search for a solution to a challenge,
the intriguing avenues explored, the beautiful means by which they
were expressed and the technical proficiency of the age. The invention
of the typewriter also speaks to social change, and the explosion of
communications means in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.”
- Markham Museum and Historic Village, ‘Ink to Internet’
Markham, Ontario - 2007
- The Toronto Vintage Paper Show
The Barbara Frum Atrium, CBC Broadcast Centre, Toronto
October - 2006
Martin Howard, Toronto – a superb display of antique
typewriters from his personal collection. The collection, comprised of
typewriters from the very beginning of the typewriting industry, is the
largest in Canada. The collection contains many rare and historically
important typewriters, showing the remarkable diversity and beauty of the
world’s first typing machines.
Martin received some fan mail after bringing
his collection to the March 2006 paper show:
Hi Martin. I just want to tell you that my little nephew, Julian
(8), enjoyed meeting you and seeing all your typewriters at the Vintage
Paper show held this past Sunday. He talked about the typewriters all
the way home and told his mother how you too like to press buttons and
what happened to you when you pressed the red button at the luggage
carousel at the airport. He still has your business card, albeit
somewhat mangled. Julian was quite taken with your typewriters. We may
have a budding collector on our hands. Luckily you were at the show, as
he was bored until he saw your machines. Thanks again for taking the
time to talk to him and letting him use the machines. Luba
- Photographs by Jon Muldoon, of
the Martin Howard Collection, were displayed at The Remarkable Bean
coffee shop in the Beaches, Toronto - 2005
- Benares Historic House, Visitor Centre
Mississauga, Ontario - 2005
- Pavillon Jacques-Cartier, 'Montreal Breathes the Book'
Montreal, Quebec - 2005
California Typewriter - a documentary by Doug Nichol - 2016
Martin and his collection are featured in Doug Nichol’s full length documentary ‘California Typewriter’ which had its premiere at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival.
The film explores the role of the typewriter in today’s popular culture, the creative relationships which people have with them and how the past is never far away. The film includes some well-known people who continue to use and admire manual typewriters. Among them are Sam Shepard, John Mayer, David McCullough, and Tom Hanks.
There’s an overview on how the film got made in Marin Independent Journal.
Here’s a review from the Hollywood Reporter.
Crimson Peak - Directed by Guillermo del Toro - 2015
The Props Master working on Guillermo del Toro's film Crimson Peak, needed a portable typewriter from 1910 that would be a gift to the lead actress, an author, from her husband. The typewriter that they used from my collection was the Standard Folding 1. An intriguing little machine with a carriage that folds over onto the keyboard, allowing it to fit into a very small box.
"Renowned Canadian pianist Anton
Kuerti stars in quirky short film for Bravo!"
The film plays on
the visual correspondence between an antique typewriter and a grand
piano and the pun of Kuerti and the QWERTY keyboard, all during a
performance of a Scherzo, from a Beethoven Piano Sonata.
typewriter used is an Underwood 1 - 1896, from the Martin Howard