Greetings Reddit, I am a young professional typewriter service tech getting along in 2021. Ask me anything!
So allow me to cut to the chase. I love antiquated technology. I am an ADHD tactile person who is somewhat disenthralled by the internet. I like to do things with my hands, I like to feel like I'm doing something physically (if that makes sense?) I type this on my 1988 IBM Model M with enough noise to wake the dead.
I first got started in typewriters in late 2013 or early 2014, repairing them mostly for myself as a topic of interest. I loved to read and write, and had an affinity for old bits of mechanical devices. Over the years, I began to get more into how these machines worked, and the different types, as well as the subtle mechanical differences between models from all eras and countries of origin. That in turn branched off into learning about company history, inventors, metallurgy, typography, and anything else that could possibly relate back to typewriters.
In recent years I have restored many rare and old AF machines from the 1880s to the 1980s (does the 2021 lego typewriter count?) I have also enjoyed my conversations with some of the best of the old generation of techs around the world, and the best of the new. I have serviced customers and clients globally, published about some of my projects, customized one of a kind machines, and even brought the ribbon tin back from the dead.
As a closing note before we begin, I cannot disclose the personal information of my clients. That is all :) take it away!
EDIT: Google typewriter repair in the Chicago area, I should come up as Typewriter Chicago with attached relevant links.
EDIT 2: MORE PROOOOFFF??? Okay, my post was taken down :( sad. www.lucasdul.com/reddit-proof here is the link to a separate page I made on my business website that shows a photo of me with my reddit user, a photo of me with my dealer tags, a photo of me with a machine with my dealer tag (that is used as a badge of service to tell folks it was me who worked on it), and a photo of the machine I wrote about in the Summer 2020 issue of ETCetera Magazine. I still have it, it is one of a kind. I could also track down some typewriter folk here on reddit to validate me maybe? But I think that should suffice. Yes, I can indeed access and make changes to the website I base my business off of. I will continue to answer questions, so hopefully the mods put my post back up and ya'll can be satisfied.
EDIT 3, thanks all! This is a lot of fun, I've never been this popular on social before 😊😊 I'll let it run till tomorrow to get a few more in, ill respond to everyone. Thanks for the amazing repsonses so far!
Final edit: Time to sign off. Honestly I almost don't want to, but it's time for me to get some actual work done! Perhaps I'll be back in the future. I wanted to thank all of you for the amazing engagement and questions, I had a lot of fun, and it is warming to know there are so many people who appreciate and are interested in what I'm doing. I scrolled through to make sure that I didn't miss anyone, and if you have a burning question that keeps you up at night, my DMs are always open. Until next time Reddit!! Thanks for the amazing time.