URBAN LEGEND TYPEWRITERS

Looking for a unique gift to delight a writer, collector, romantic, hobbyist, or nostalgic in your life? You've come to the right place. At Urban Legend Typewriters, we sell refurbished typewriters of all ages and also offer cleaning and repair services, so you can make sure your typewriter is always in top condition.

 

Urban Legend Typewriters is WordPlay's social enterprise, which means 100% of proceeds go to supporting WordPlay's creative writing and storytelling programs.

 

Interested in supporting the cause? Check out repair rates and available typewriters for sale below. (We recommend reading the Frequently Asked Questions before making an appointment to visit the shop.)

VISITS TO URBAN LEGEND TYPEWRITERS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

To make an appointment, please email sarah@wordplaycincy.org.

REPAIRS AND CLEANING

Below are rates for tune-ups, cleaning and repairs to manual and some electric typewriters (apologies, but we cannot repair IBM Selectrics).

Repair Rates

$55/hr, plus cost of parts if needed

Maximum charge: $165

There is no charge if we are unable to fix your typewriter.

Machine Cleaning

$40 for portables

$55 for standards

$85 if the machine needs extra cleaning

 
 

FOR SALE: REFURBISHED TYPEWRITERS

All available typewriters have been expertly cleaned and serviced, restored to perfect working condition. Prices vary depending on the model. View models currently for sale, as well as a gallery of restored typewriters, on our Facebook page.

Our typewriters sell fast! If you see one you like, please contact us to confirm availability and reserve it for purchase.

Find us at:

Urban Legend Typewriters/WordPlay Cincy

4234 Hamilton Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45223

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

How much do your typewriters cost?

Typewriters typically range in price from $100 to $225. The total cost of cleaning/repairs ranges from $40 to $165.

 

I'm interested in purchasing a typewriter or dropping one off to be repaired. How do I make an appointment?

Please email sarah@wordplaycincy.org to make an appointment to visit the shop.

How long will it take for my typewriter to be repaired?

Turnaround time for repairs is two to three weeks. Wait times can be longer during busy seasons, such as the holidays.

Do you repair electronic typewriters?

We do not repair electronic typewriters, including IBM Selectrics. We can offer repair services to manual typewriters and some electric models.

Who performs typewriter repairs?

Richard Polt is our talented typewriter repairman. He is a professor and author of The Typewriter Revolution, and he was also featured in the documentary California Typewriter. Check out Richard's blog here.

 

I would like to buy a typewriter, but I live out of state. Do you ship typewriters?

We prefer to give our typewriters a chance to sell locally first, as shipping is risky and very expensive. If a typewriter has not sold locally after a few weeks in the store, however, we can discuss shipping. Extra handling fees will be applied to any typewriters being shipped.

Thank you for your business.

100% of proceeds from your purchase will help provide literacy programs to children and teens who need them most.

STAY UP TO DATE ON WHAT'S IN STOCK, NEWS FROM THE TYPEWRITER WORLD AND MORE.

Subscribe to the quarterly Urban Legend Typewriters email newsletter.

WordPlay's mission is to create spaces for young people to fulfill their potential by discovering, honoring and sharing their voices

Main Office:

2110 Saint Michael Street, Suite 201

Cincinnati, OH 45204

p: 513-541-0930

Northside Writing Center:

4234 Hamilton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45223

p: 513-996-0010

WordPlay Cincy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Funding for WordPlay provided in part by:

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