The Vanishing Craft of the Typewriter Repairman

Margot Adler interviewed a typewriter repairman in New York City for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday:


"Some people still write with fountain pens. Some still love their old manual
and electric typewriters. But typewriter repairmen are a vanishing breed. Up on
the eighth floor of the Flatiron Building in Manhattan, Paul Schweitzer has been
fixing and cleaning typewriters for 40 years.

Schweitzer’s father began the business during the Depression. Today,
manual and electronic typewriters of all shapes, colors and sizes fill
Schweitzer’s tiny workshop. He spends most of the day making house calls around
the city, carrying a tool bag that doesn’t look so different from the old
doctor’s bag."


Related link: St. Louis Wholesale Typewriter Co.

[Thanks John ]

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2 Responses to The Vanishing Craft of the Typewriter Repairman

  1. Christopher says:

    Great story, thanks.

  2. Paul Lagasse says:

    Richard Polt at the Classic Typewriter Page was interviewed in that story. His website is terrific, and is my first stop for all typewriter questions. Plus he’s a really nice guy too!

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