Mid-Century Modern Typewriters

In the 1950s, appliances and bathroom fixtures were blooming with color. Now-classic cars sported two-tone paint treatments and lots of chrome.

It turns out that utilitarian typewriters were getting a make-over, too. Pink, blue, green, red – even two-tone with chrome! – added a cheery or racy edge to typists’ lives.

What would it be like to turn out a quarterly report, homework, recipe cards, or a letter to grandma with one of these sleek machines?

Royal Typewriter Company

Smith Corona

Olivetti

Underwood Typewriter Company

The lovely Underwood Golden Touch on the right came to my attention through – and in fact this post was inspired by – a vintage advertisement featured on Janet Webb’s Vintage Gaze blog. I recommend her site for mid-century modern mavens.

And – finally – an amazing machine from Halda:

Halda Green

Halda Forest Green

The complete description of this beauty reads, “This lovely, rare typewriter . . . features a vivid forest green body with a crinkle matte finish, with chrome detailing around the middle of the machine. Love the sharp red stripe right in the center of the chrome!”

Image Credit: Underwood Golden Touch: Robert Messenger/ozTypewriter/blogspot
Image Credit: All other images: Etsy

 

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