Last typewriter repairman

The last typewriter repairman

BREMERTON, Wash. - Bob Montgomery is among the last of his type. He's been a typewriter repairman for the better part of a century. The 92-year-old got started in his father's Seattle typewriter repair business as a young child.

Montgomery said, "I was the in-house nuisance."

That was in the 1920's. He's remedied Remingtons and undertaken Underwoods ever since.

"Whatever I learned about fixing the innards of a typewriter was entirely by accident, watching the fellas work," Montgomery said.

During World War II, Montgomery kept things clicking at Allied headquarters in London

In the years since, the typewriter population has dwindled. But Montgomery stays on the job. For quite a few years now, he's been the area's only full-time typewriter repairman.

He fixes them for collectors and the few businesses that still use them.

"Virtually every lawyer's office has at least one typewriter that works," said Montgomery.

One customer is a novelist who just can't part with the sound of his machine.

Montgomery has had other interests. He's acted in 38 local plays, working both in the limelight and backstage.

But he always comes back to his first love, the machines he's known so well for more than 80 years.

"Guys my age should have quit doing this years ago," said Montgomery. "I don't know any better."


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