I've been seeing more and more fake typewriters for sale. These are made in China and definitely take some ingenuity and skilled labor to design and assemble (not as much as real manual typewriters, of course -- which are also made in China). I expect that some, if not all of these are based on photos -- it's not easy to get your hands on a Gourland, after all. They seem to be designed to provide some charm and atmosphere to a display in a store, and to be appreciated at a glance or as part of an overall effect -- not to be scrutinized close up, much less used.
Coincidentally, maschinengeschrieben just showed us a Louis Vuitton window display in Zurich featuring some beautiful custom-made faux typewriters.
What should we make of this trend? Are these objects pathetic travesties, or another positive sign that people are taking an interest in typewriters? Compare these fakes to the originals and see what you think.