Gramercy Typewriter Co.

New York, New York | C.1932

Photo Credit: Accidentally Wes Anderson

Founded by Abraham Schweitzer in the darkest days of the Great Depression, the family-owned and operated Gramercy Typewriter Company offers a safe space for Luddites averse to the computers dominating our hyperconnected, delete-happy era. You needn’t worry about how much personal data is being extracted when you type on an old Smith Corona or a classic Royal De Luxe.

Abraham’s son Paul followed him in the family business and has been working in the store six days a week since 1959. With sixty years of experience behind him, he has developed a great skill for matching the right machine with the right buyer—a fact confirmed by frequent customer Tom Hanks, an ardent typewriter collector and enthusiast. Gramercy Typewriter supplied twenty-five machines for the 2017 film The Post, in which Hanks starred. After filming wrapped, director Steven Spielberg gave the machines to the cast as gifts, each with a typewritten note.

Though they’re indisputably keepers from a bygone time, the future looks bright for Gramercy Typewriter Company, thanks to a resurgence of interest as a new generation falls in love with the deep satisfaction and permanence of a typewriter’s clicks, clacks, and dings.

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