Greetings, are you seated comfortably?  Let’s us first just take a moment to look backward fondly at Manayunk and Lucky’s Last Chance: we hung there on Main Street for every Tuesday in September, and discovered a whole new floor on the Food Pyramid: Tater Tots. Lucky’s serves them in a wild variety and we could go on, but we had better not stray into Craig LaBan’s turf! Back to letter-writing, and boy did those who came out to Lucky’s write letters to places, including: Uxbridge MA, Honolulu, Ephrata and Forty Fort PA, and Katonah and Brooklyn and Bridgewater NY, and Yorba Linda CA, to name a few.

For October, we travel to disputed territory in the 19104 – the corner of 44th and Spruce, where Local 44 (once Murphy’s Tavern, we old-heads can tell you…) stands like a border checkpoint, if a border checkpoint sold great burgers and pitchers while checking your ID. Is this the place where University City ends–and West Philly begins? Some say so… but the line blurs with the seasons,and the age of those discussing the issue while trying to pick from a ridiculous selection of craft beers inside Local 44. (more underneath the pic, please scroll down….)


Into this comfortable frame, we will set out a stack of nice paper, envelopes, a pint glass full of pens, and a binder of US Postal Service First Class stamps.  ALMOST everything needed to write a letter. We’re counting on you for the words, and we know you will come up with them here in “Brainy University City”… um, we meant West Philly.  Our first of four Tuesdays is 10/4.  See you at Local 44!

(details, details…. we start around 7 pm, and trundle our bundle of letters to the mail box a bit after 9 pm, and of course it’s free–thanks to Yards Brewing Company and Trophy Bikes. Stationery by those inkjet-stained fellows at Northern Liberty Press. )

About phillytyper

Co-owner, Trophybikes in Philadelphia; live with and tolerate computers; but I also dig manual typewriters. Shoot film from time to time, as a break from the rush of digital. Favorite bikes: Brompton S3L-X, Surly Cross Check, SURLY Long Haul Trucker Favorite camera: Leica M4, Fujifilm X20, Nikon F4. Favorite typewriter: Olympia SM9, Olivetti Lettera 22.
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