Tom Hanks collects old typewriters.

The Saving Mr. Banks actor has over 50 devices which were made in the 1940s and loves to use them for his correspondence.

Asked what he wants for Christmas, he told the New York Post newspaper's Page Six column: "Antique WWII typewriters. Takes a repair guy a month to get them working, and I write my letters on them. I own over 50."

While he loves the old-fashioned way of writing his letters, Tom is also an avid user of social media and recently used Twitter to thank a man who had found and returned his lost credit card.


He posted: "A guy named Tony found my credit card on the street in NYC and returned it! Tony! You make this city even greater! Thanx. HANX (sic)"

And in October, the 58-year-old actor turned to the site again in a bid to help reunite a female college student with her ID card.

He posted a picture of the card - with the young woman's details concealed - and wrote: "Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park. If you still need it my office will get to you. Hanx."

- Bang! Showbiz