Monday, February 15, 2021

The continuing saga of the “Govrland"

Seen on eBay this morning:


Cool T-shirt, huh? Yes ... except that the typewriter looks so darn weird. What is that huge structure in front of the platen?

I know the answer, of course. This is yet another representation of a fake typewriter made in China, originally designed as a crude imitation of a Gourland. This silly thing has taken many forms over the years, even appearing as a tattoo on the skin of some hapless person who has obviously never used a real typewriter.

I'll take it as yet another sign of the enduring appeal of typewriters ... but I do wish artists would bother to do a little more research before they create yet another iteration of a phony.

PS: "Sincerily"?

6 comments:

  1. Ha! Well they wouldn't make it if there wasn't a market for it. (:

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  2. Artistic license at its worst.

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  3. It's so weird and funny. Could it be they do this consciously to evade patent fees? No forger would sue another forger for imitating his imitation, right?

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  4. This reminds me of Adwoa's red dress; or the saga of the red dress. I thought of it after I left a comment yesterday. So I looked it up.
    Typewriter Dress A real typewriter, but a hijacked image.

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  5. This is connected somehow with the mystifying practice of designing clothing with nonsensical English phrases and misspelled words: it seems to go beyond mere indifference to prize inauthenticity as a positive virtue!

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