In February of 2011 our company received the great honor and pleasure to have our IBM Selectric 1 typewriters in the movie Men in Black 3. We were called one day with the unusual question if our company had forty of the IBM Selectric 1 typewriters in black that dated back to 1969. Much to our surprise we were able to provide them with their request. With even a greater surprise we soon found out the call came form Columbia Pictures, we thought we were going to be in the movies for a moment there. They asked that 13 of the machines be in working condition and that 7 were to be used for props. After cleaning off 40 years of dust from storage we completely restored the IBM Selectric typewriters. We impressed our self as to how we were able to make them look like they were brand new.
The excitement did not end there later there was a newspaper article written about our movie debut. At the time of the we were not permitted to say what movie the typewriters were in to the media. They asked for our company to wait until the final cut and the movie was released. That was in the Philadelphia Inquirer by Kevin Riordan . We could not have asked for a better reporter. It turned out that he was impressed with our business and all the old typewriters Kevin Riordan told us that he started his career as a reporter on a manual typewriter. He refereed to so many of our machines as being like old friend with so many good memories.
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After the movie was released Kevin Riordan posted on his blog the movie title and a picture of Will Smith in an office setting with our movie stars the IBM Selectric.
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