Return to Sender: Tom Hanks! Stunned Man Sent the Gift of His Dreams…but Why? Surely It Was a Scam

Ian McAndrew, owner of Iron Fox Typewriters in Lacey Township, recently received a surprise email from ‘Tom Hanks.’ Is it a scam?

A Suspicious Email

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At first, he thought it was just another suspicious scam mail, the type that often ends up in the spam folder.

Tom Hanks?

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However, this email turned out to be from Tom Hanks’ assistant who informed that Hanks wanted to send a special gift.

Clearly a Scam

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According to McAndrew, “an email like this would typically be highly suspect, the analog nerd’s take on the ‘Nigerian prince’ scam.”

It Was Real!

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However, a friend who had also received this email and their own mystery box confirmed the veracity that the email was real and from Tom Hanks.

Hanks gave McAndrew, 41, a 1934 Underwood Four Bank typewriter.

Who Knew Tom Loved a Typewriter?!

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Tom Hanks, the Oscar-winning actor who enjoys collecting typewriters, has a personal collection of 250 of them.

He Gives Them Away

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It turns out he has given typewriters from his collection to owners of typewriter repair shops all around the country.

The New Arrival

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On April 17, the typewriter was delivered. What Ian discovered were a brand-new, Playtone-branded green and yellow golf shammy typewriter, a prepared template letter describing the gift’s nature, and Hank’s motivation.

Coordinating Accompanying Message

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Hanks signed a letter and placed it neatly into a coordinating green envelope.

A Matching Tattoo

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In actuality, McAndrew is a huge fan of the Underwood Four Bank and even used that stunning piece of art to inspire the design of his upcoming tattoo. 

A Gamut of Emotions

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According to McAndrew, “I spent the next week and a half running through a gamut of emotions: joy, anxiety, pride, and imposter syndrome” between accepting the offer and getting the typewriter. It’s difficult to put into words just how I felt as I undid the box flaps.”

Otherworldly Beauty

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The typewriter, according to McAndrew, was an earthy shade of green that was shiny.

The next items to capture the light were the silver-plated key rings, which, according to McAndrew, “glowed blindingly like polished aluminum on an airplane, not dull and evident of its time on this earth.”

A Spiritual Quest

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He often referred to his work evenings as typewriter church and made light of the fact that he saw typewriter repair as a spiritual quest.

Restoring the Past

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According to McAndrew, his clients include both folks trying to restore a family treasure and those who just happened to find a typewriter at a garage sale.

Typewriters Inspire All Walks of Life

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According to McAndrew, “Sometimes it’s a street poet in New York City, and other times it’s a couple looking for the ideal machine to help write a book memorializing the daughter they lost and trying to help other parents with their grief.”

A Great Equalizer

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Without a computer or the distractions that come with a connected device, McAndrew said he enjoys seeing people go through the creative process.

He went on to say you’ve sat down in front of the great equalizer when you sit down in front of a typewriter, he said.

You Are the Algorithm

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“You’re not creating at the will of the algorithm, you are the algorithm,” he said.

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