Owner & Mechanic
BRYAN KRAVITZ Raised in Northeast Philly, Bryan came into his own in 1975 when he took a six-week Typewriter Repair course at a trade school in San Francisco. An 18-month apprenticeship followed, and then a job, maintaining hundreds of typewriters at all 29 libraries at U.C. Berkeley. He also worked with the U.S. Navy, teaching typewriter repair.
When computers changed the landscape, Bryan took a hiatus from full-time typewriter repair—until returning to Philly a few years ago.
For more on Bryan and Philly Typewriter, check out this WHYY/NPR story
REPAIR Yes, we know your grandma’s model. We specialize in manual and electric, old and older is just fine. We keep a few electronic typewriters on hand but it’s not our specialty. We can do very simple repairs while you wait, but most projects require one-to-two weeks. Our Warranty of one year covers all machines which we’ve cleaned, oiled and adjusted. Just don’t drop it, and your typewriter should last for years.
STORES Check out the inventory page or visit us in Mt. Airy or South Philly (the Contact page has more info). We stock machines dating from the 1920s, as well as period desks, lamps and vintage accessories.
EVENTS We host events throughout the region including typewriter bars, slow-writing workshops, and other engaging, hands-on experiences. See the Events page for details.
RECREATIONAL TYPING You are welcome to try typewriters here, and at leisure. The inventory changes frequently. Please come into one of our local stores, or check our online Inventory.
WARRANTY Working machines sold by Philly Typewriter have been cleaned, oiled and adjusted and are warrantied for one year from the date of purchase. During this period, any machine not working correctly will be repaired, if possible, or, if necessary, replaced with the same model or a model of equal value. Exception: Typewriters sold as “decorative” (only) are not warrantied. Nor are electronic typewriters which we generally sell at rock bottom prices after testing and demonstrating them.
Customers are welcome to try their hand at almost any typewriter in stock, before purchase, or just for the pleasure of it.