In his 52 years of selling and repairing typewriters, Paul Schweitzer has had to adapt to changing technology more than once. In the 1960s, when new IBM Selectrics that applied ink with typeballs instead of type bars hit the market, he learned to fix them. Later, he learned to service laser printers and fax machines to keep the typewriter biz afloat.
Now he’s learning to deal with something else entirely: new business.
"It’s swinging back around to typewriters," Schweitzer, 72, said. "The younger people are sort of rediscovering an old manual — the Royal, the Underwood, the Olivetti, or a Remington typewriter."
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