The story that The Swellesley Report broke over the weekend about a Wellesley family receiving a vintage typewriter from the actor Tom Hanks after writing to him a few months back has taken on a life of its own, getting picked up by mainstream media outlets like the Boston Globe and local TV news stations. And now, wouldn’t you know it, that old Olympia Red De Luxe typewriter has its very own Facebook and Twitter accounts, operated by someone very close to the machine.
If you did miss the original round of stories, the de Peyster family of Wellesley wrote to Tom Hanks after seeing his documentary California Typewriter, an ode to the machine that so many have moved on from or never even knew. They were surprised to receive a signed vintage typewriter earlier this month from Hanks, and have pledged to pump out a letter a day and pay the gift forward by getting one for someone else who would appreciate it.
Over at Tom Hanks Typewriter on Twitter, which features the description “Formerly Tom Hanks’ typewriter now living in Wellesley, MA with a crazy family of do gooders”, the tweeter warns “Wellesley dad better dust me daily is all I can say!” and laments being so far from its old home:
Now in Wellesley, MA???… shipped on a jostling C3 ride… Far cry from my view of the rolling California hills … #ImissTomH
— Tom Hanks Typewriter (@th_typewriter) December 20, 2017
There’s more California dreaming over at the Tom Hanks’ Typewriter Facebook account:
The Olympia Red De Luxe typewriter also is having a laugh at its new owner’s expense:
Clearly, this typewriter is not going to be satisfied with a mere 15 minutes of fame…