A new frontier in fake typewriters

A new frontier in fake typewriters

My eye was just caught by this item on eBay. It’s a contemporary agglomeration based on an old clock and an Ideal-keyboard Hammond typewriter, like this one from Geoff Flash’s collection.The intricacy and oddity of the “typewriter” clock...
Phony typewriters hit a literary low

Phony typewriters hit a literary low

Yes, that’s a “Govrland” phony on the cover of a Stephen King novel: Sie (She), the German translation of Misery. Credit goes to Rodja Pavlik for discovering this travesty. As he says, this thing isn’t going to stop any Annie Wilkes.Read...
A fake Lego fake typewriter?

A fake Lego fake typewriter?

Everyone knows about the Lego typewriter by now. Only one typebar moves, but the keys go down and the carriage advances. It’s a cute tribute to an increasingly popular device, but in a sense, it is a fake: it can’t actually type.Today I spotted a fake of...
The continuing saga of the “Govrland”

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,...
Fresh (?) typewriters (?) from China (?)

Fresh (?) typewriters (?) from China (?)

Here are a couple of things I spotted online today. First, in Dayton, Ohio (an hour away from me) there’s an unused BNC for sale. A what? The BNC is an office-sized manual typewriter that surfaced briefly about 3 years ago. I believe it was made in China,...
From fake to tattoo

From fake to tattoo

By now, the typosphere is familiar with the fake typewriters made in China. (What, you’re not familiar? Follow the “fakes” label at the end of this post.) As I’ve documented before on this blog, the fakes have generated successively more...