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A further degeneration in the realm of fake typewriters

by | Jun 2, 2018 | fakes | 12 comments

Chinese-made fake typewriters have been turning up for a few years now. They’re intended as decorative items, probably for places like restaurants or clubs where they can contribute to a phony “old-timey” feel and people won’t give them a second look.

Now there’s a new development, which I spotted on eBay today: a cast-resin miniature that is itself an imitation of a copy of a phony typewriter: a fake fake fake!

So what is the origin of this weird object?

As I pointed out nearly five years ago, the root (real) typewriter is a Gourland.
The fake version of it is a Govrland.
This became Governor’s Land (via a country club in Virginia).
And now we have GOVERNGRS IAND.


What will be next?

12 Comments

  1. Martha

    How bizarre! I can’t imagine what the next generation fake will look like :D

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  2. Ted

    Grover's Hand

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  3. Ted

    it's like some weird game of "telephone"

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  4. David Brechbiel

    I am not sure about the fakes but I do like the Gourland! The open ribbon spools are unique touches and the bright yellow key tops make this a whimsical package! When are you starting Polt Typewriter Rentals? I would like dibs rental on this one and the Humber 99.

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  5. the_avenger

    Yes, I have seen some of them on Amazon. One seemed also to work … sort of. I wasn't quite sure what to think about it.

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  6. Abby Hogan

    Gross. The only thing I think those would be good for would be to put them out in the garden instead of real ones

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  7. Ping A

    I'm reminded of the time when I was walking past stalls in Patpong, Bangkok selling fake Swiss watches. When I commented to one hawker that the prices of his Rolexes were higher than the others, he replied "But mine are real fakes, not like those!"

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  8. Richard P

    Come on over to Cincy and you can try my typewriters!
    The open ribbon spools are probably not original, I'm not sure how they got to be that way.

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  9. Richard P

    Huh. So it had moving parts?

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  10. Richard P

    Or we could turn them into lamps … or cut off the "keys" and make jewelry …

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  11. schrijfmachine

    This is so weird, even the name is badly copied. On the other hand, if I had to copy a Chinese text, it would probably turn out worse. Great find though!

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