SASKATOON – As promised, a self-taught typewriter repair expert in Saskatoon has received a unique package in the mail of one of the most recognizable names on the planet.
Thom Cholowski is now the proud owner of a 1940 Remington 7 Noiseless portable typewriter – courtesy of Tom Hanks.
The two began to correspond earlier this year after Cholowski typed and sent a letter to Hanks thanking him for his very public admiration for typewriters.
“Thanks to Tom’s advocacy, he’s gone from a nostalgic, old-fashioned technology to a point where people take a second look at these machines and truly rediscover the joy and beauty of these wonderful machines,” Cholowski told CTV News earlier this month.
Hanks apparently couldn’t help but give a compliment, sending Cholowski a typed response.
“What a privilege to type a letter to Western Canada’s premier typewriter repairer,” began the letter to Cholowski, typed on Hanks letterhead.
In addition to praise for Cholowski’s efforts to keep a dying business alive, the letter also included an offer of a typewriter from Hanks’ vast collection. An offer that Hanks has now made.
“It’s a very good machine, in immaculate condition,” Cholowski told CTV News.
The typewriter came with an original manual and a plastic label authenticating that it belonged to the Tom Hanks collection, Cholowski said.
“On the back of the label is a small sample of the font, typed by Mr. Hanks.”
When asked about speculation about the value of the typewriter, the answer came easily for Cholowski.
“To me, invaluable.”
–With files from Pat McKay