"The typewriter mechanic was up to his neck in repairs. Back in his workroom, he had a dozen machines needing care. IBM Selectrics. A 1940 Royal Quiet Deluxe, Hemingway’s preferred model. And a 1965 turquoise Olivetti that would have the shine of a sports car after he was done with it.
"Now, here came a customer displaying a Facit 1620, a stylish Swedish model, bought at an estate sale. The ribbon was dry as a bone, the keys unwilling to budge.
“'And you want me to do something about it?' the typewriter mechanic happily asked, adding it to his pile. The typewriter mechanic is always busy. In Philadelphia, Bryan Kravitz is among the last of a dying breed: a repairer of those wonderful machines that go click, clack, ding! . . ."
Photo at Top: EMMA LAZARUS’ poem was inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Its most moving lines, embracing immigrants, wrap around the poster:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Passersby at Philly Typewriter write thoughts on the red, white and blue Royal 1960 typewriter--the only model with this patriotic palette ever manufactured. Here, Imogene Parker, 6, types for the first time. ________________________________
Founded in 1975, we buy, sell and repair these wonderful old machines