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On the scale of cool celebrity collections, Tom Hanks's affinity for vintage portable typewriters is pretty high on the charts (rivaled perhaps only by Quentin Tarantino's prized collection of film- and TV-themed board games). And even though Hanks now owns more than 200 machines spread around his house, comedian and podcast personality Chris Hardwick knew the Oscar-winning actor wouldn't be able to refuse just one more.
In an appeal to get Hanks to appear on the Nerdist Podcast, Hardwick sent him a fully functional vintage 1934 Smith Corona Silent typewriter. Hanks's response, written on that very typewriter, has gone viral in its awesomeness after Hardwick posted it to Reddit.
The Smith Corona Typewriter Company was established in 1926, with the Corona being the company's first portable model, a leader in the typewriter manufacturing industry. But 1934 was an important year for the company, as it adjusted the design of the Corona to the "flattop" model and created the cheaper Corona Junior to suit the harsher economic times of the Depression.
In the '30s, the company opened new plants in New York state and Aurora, Illinois. Selling online for around $150 to $200, Corona Smith typewriters are often considered the best portable typewriters around, and Hanks is a well-known fan, even having brought his own on a worldwide press tour while promoting "Larry Crown," tweeting romantic pictures with his toy at famous spots and attractions.
Hardwick must have really wanted Hanks on his podcast (which recently featured guests like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anna Kendrick) to put in all the effort to buy and send him the classic machine. And, well, it was worth it: Hanks did indeed appear on the Nerdist podcast in their 267th episode. Download his entire hilarious interview here.