Huell. Off-Ramp for January 12, 2012

Steve Soboroff's typewriter time machines

Some people collect parasol handles, baseball cards, ceramic cats. L.A. businessman Steve Soboroff collects one of the most cumbersome objects this side of Ward Kimball's steam locomotive: typewriters.

And while some typewriter enthusiasts collect rare or interesting machines, whether or not they have significant meaning, Soboroff said he has strict requirements when purchasing the machines.

"I'm minor league when it comes to collecting, because I have a caveat on my typewriters. The typewriters that I collect were previously owned by famous people," he explained.

Soboroff owns 16 historic typewriters, including machines owned by Ernest Hemingway, John Lennon, Joe DiMaggio, the Unabomber, Jack Kevorkian, and Andy Rooney.


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