An Edinburgh bookseller and Scotland’s solely typewriter mechanic has been hailed a hero by Tom Hanks for his dedication to the machines.
In the summertime Tom Hodges, who runs Typewronger Books in Edinburgh, despatched a letter to the actor to let him know of his store and the typewriter exhibition at present operating on the Nationwide Museum of Scotland.
In his letter Hodges defined all about his life together with how he turned a typewriter mechanic and “geek” whereas residing on the well-known Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company. He additionally included an origami dragon that he had made.
To his shock he obtained a typed reply from the You’ve Received Mail star, who himself has a group of 120 typewriters and loves to write down utilizing one.
Hodges informed the Guardian: “I obtain letters from folks on a regular basis and they’re all treasured to me however it isn’t daily you obtain one from a Hollywood legend they usually name you their hero. I like all his movies however I additionally love the very fact he’s such a fan of typewriters.
“It’s a attractive letter and I’m made up about it. It’s all been a bit surreal. Will probably be framed and have satisfaction of place within the bookshop.”
Hanks wrote his reply on the set of the Baz Luhrmann-directed Elvis biopic by which Hanks will play the singer’s infamous supervisor, Colonel Tom Parker. The letter even had a copy Colonel Parker letterhead.
In Hanks’s missive, which endearingly has a variety of typos, the actor recommended Hodges for “battling in opposition to the giants to promote one of the best of books – and preserve typewriters alive”.
He additionally prompt he could effectively drop in on Typewronger Books if he’s ever in Leith.
Hodges, 35, who typed his letter to Hanks on his grandfather’s previous Remington Noiseless typewriter, mentioned he’s a typewriter and impartial bookshop “evangelist”.
In Typewronger Books – impressed by Hodges’s talent at making “proper” faulty typewriters – there’s a typewriter for folks to come back in and use and write a letter and even the start of their novel.
Hodges is eager to maneuver away from the “obsession with perfection” that has include the arrival of computer systems and reducing and pasting.
As for the attraction of the machines, the bookseller and typewriter mechanic who has greater than 100 of his personal machines concluded: “I like enjoying with the mechanisms, however for me it’s the sound and the feeling of hitting the keys of a typewriter that’s magical.”