June 5, 2017

A tenuous Bond

Filed under: TIL — Jared @ 7:52 pm

So this Royal typewriter has been sitting under my desk at work for a few years, waiting on some of that elusive “free time” I hear so much about. It dates to 1949 and was one of the first models released when Royal resumed making typewriters after WWII. As you can see it once belonged to the Dancer Fitzgerald Sample ad agency, a Madison Avenue agency from the ‘Mad Men’ era of advertising, which was acquired by Saatchi & Saatchi back in 1986.

I had considered gutting it and building a computer inside of it, but while poking around online trying to find the one part that’s missing I discovered that it was the preferred typewriter of Saul Bellow, Joan Didion, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller and (maybe) Johnny Carson. If that weren’t enough to make me reconsider, it turns out this is the same model that Ian Fleming used for the Bond novels. Needless to say, I don’t think I can bring myself to gut it now.

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