Thursday, May 9, 2024

Want to run a typewriter shop?

This is Tom Furrier, owner of the beloved Cambridge Typewriter in Arlington, Massachusetts. You may have read his blog or seen that Tom Hanks gave him a machine.

Tom is ready to retire, and he'd like to find someone who wants to take over his small, busy shop. He was training an apprentice, but in the end the apprentice did not decide to continue. Is there a trained technician or experienced amateur who wants to take the plunge? As readers of this blog surely know, there is a demand for typewriter repair a quarter of the way into the 21st century. The love of typewriters has proved to be far more than a hipster fad; it's a healthy way to resist the ever-growing encroachment of IT and AI. That's why I believe there will still be typewriter users 50 and 100 years from now.

If you've been dreaming of plunging into this profession, consider the success of Paul Lundy, who took over Bremerton Office Machine Company from nonagenarian Bob Montgomery; or Antony Valoppi, creator of Portland's Type Space, which combines a traditional typewriter shop with a cultural center; or Trevor Brumfield, a young man in his late twenties who has quickly built Dayton's TB Writers Plus into a busy enterprise (see it here).



  1. Excellent chance for a good living - Typewriter shops are a GROWTH INDUSTRY! :D

  2. I'm terribly tempted by this and even have a planned trip to Boston in June. Sadly, I don't think my wife would approve the career change or the move from Los Angeles...

  3. I read about this last month. It is very tempting. I'm sure if I still lived in PA this would be more than tempting. I've wanted to visit Tom's shop ever since I started down the typewriter wormhole.