Chad Comello

libraries, culture, typewriters

Tom Hanks Goes Postal

Arriving home after a long weekend in Asheville, I opened our mailbox and saw a letter addressed to me from Playtone, Tom Hanks’ company. Oh shit, I said out loud. I’d typed and sent him a short letter a few weeks ago about my photo of his book and to thank him for being a great ambassador for typewriters. I didn’t expect to get anything back, but got something anyway:

On the left is the letter from Hanks and on the right is a reproduction of his foreword “Eleven Reasons to Use A Typewriter” from the new book Typewriters: Iconic Machines from the Golden Age of Mechanical Writing, which makes a great cheeky companion to the Typewriter Manifesto.

I think I’ve now peaked as a typist.



  1. Fantastic! You are inspiring me to send Tom a note.

    • heh, yeah – I should write him a note on the “Hanx Effect” bursts in traffic he causes on TWDB. It might amuse him to know that he has the power to single handedly spike search results for things like “Smith Corona Clipper” by several orders of magnitude. 😀

    • Chad

      November 17, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      You of all people should!

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