The obscure image in the golden shield is a lion's head.
The auction photos. I thought the paint looked unusual ... then I read the description.
The seller later wrote to me:
... [In 1985] I went back to NY and there every one was the word up to date, computer stuff and all that. mr Blass was there and he handed me the type writer and said "Keep up with the times, and happy 20 years." most of the people there laughed. when I got back to my hotel i found a note inside with a coupon stating that till my death all Items made by his corporation were on the house. SO I raid stores every month, the joke is still rolling. I need to see this one go, I have no use for it, I used it in our office for a long time, I am still back in the 50s mentally, still using type writers and such, just like the rhythm of the machines.I hope this makes a good story to tell everyone. will be a fun piece to talk about. PS it was chromed because of my love for old cars.
Now I also have to share yet another typewriter that's kinda kitschy, kinda tacky, but totally delightful anyway. I recently cleaned up this little Royal Parade for WordPlay's Urban Legend Institute. The delicate tabulator mechanism nearly drove me up the wall, but when I had it fixed I found myself liking it very much. I don't know why, but I decided that her name is Gidget ... Gidget the Gadget.
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