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Tom Hanks Accepts Depression-Era Typewriter Bribe

Actor, director and typewriter collector Tom Hanks recently appeared on the Nerdist podcast, thanks to a beautiful bribe–a crimson 1934 Smith Corona typewriter.

The Nerdist podcast host Chris Hardwick knew that Hanks collects old typewriters, so he mailed the invitation along with a Depression-era machine. Above, you can read Hanks’ reply to the invitation, typed on the same typewriter. Below, you can see a photograph of the lovely typewriter.  Here is the original letter sent by The Nerdist team:

Please accept this typewriter–o–gram as a formal invitation to be a a guest on my wildly-popular-with-the-kids Nerdist Podcast. It is a super relaxed, fun chat that will probably cover comedy, NASA, and whatever else you want to talk about — a new WEBSERIES, perhaps?? We are nice guys who are easy to get along with and have never murdered anyone. Other guests have included folks like your son Colin, Tina Fey, Conan, Jimmy Fallon, Bryan Cranston, John Lithgow, Willem Dafoe, JJ Abrams, Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Joel McHale, Jon Hamm, and THE MUPPETS. It would be an absolute dream come true to add you to this list. Please accept this 1934 Smith Corona as a gift for even considering this request. It should only VERY SLIGHTLY affect your decision.

If you love typewriters, be sure to check out this free short documentary about the art of typewriter repair. (Link & image via Chris Hardwick)

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