The Gramercy Typewriter Company has been in business since 1932 and is still going strong. Paul Schweitzer and his son Justin do a steady business selling, repairing, and servicing typewriters from IBM Selectrics and Wheelwriters to portable Smith Conronas and antique Underwoods. They sell up to 30 a week and service 10- 15 a day. And avid collector Tom Hanks is a regular customer. For the full story check out this CNN Money video report the Typewriter is not dead
And while you’re at it, revisit our ATG Quirkies: The click-clack is back with the Hanx Writer to learn more about the fun app developed by Tom Hanks that provides “an analog typewriter emulator for the iPad.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.