Sunday, August 23, 2015

A visit to Gramercy Typewriter in the Flatiron District

Gramercy Typewriter in the Flatiron district was founded in 1932 by Abraham Schweitzer. It specializes in selling and repairing vintage, antique, and portable typewriters of many makes and models. When manual and electric typewriters which have experienced a resurgence in popularity again,  fell out of favor in the 1990s the Schweitzers started selling and servicing HP Laser jet printers, fax machines and provided toners and supplies.

Paul Schweitzer, second-generation owner, began working for his father in 1959 spooling typewriter ribbons by hand. His son Justin also works for the family business and together they repair and polish up typewriters and sell a nice selection of refurbished machines from the early to mid 1900s.

When asked what his favorite brand was, Paul told us that he doesn't really have a favorite but likes the quality of the German-made Olympias. He also pointed out the Underwood in the photo below which although looks like it had a wood veneer, it was actually manufactured with a wood-grain metal. When we brought in our circa 1938 Remington Rand he quoted us a price of $375 for a complete overhaul and cleaning.

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