Letters From Nakajima (Part 2): Walther
Posted on June 26, 2014
Speaking of rebranded electronic Nakajima typewriters, here are a few “Walthers” I neglected to mention in Letters from Nakajima Part 1.
Walther TW60 (Nakajima Ax60)
“Walther” TW80 (Nakajima AX80)
Walther was founded as a gunsmith in 1886 by Carl Walther in Zella-Mehlis, Thuringia (Central Germany) and is perhaps best known as the maker of the Walther PPK pistol …
Image courtesy of Thomas McNulty’s blog where you can read more about the history of James Bond and his Walther PPK
The Walther company manufactured weapons for hunting, sport, the police and the military, but after World War Two, Walther (or more specifically “Walther Office Machines GmbH”) began the manufacture of electro-mechanical adding machines. As far as I know, they never manufactured typewriters.
Unable to compete with cheaper Japanese imports, Walther GmbH declared bankruptcy in 1974, but re-invented themselves in 1979 as “Walther Electronic” and continued to sell electronic desk calculators and electronic typewriters …
However, these were made in Japan and sold in Germany under the established name “Walther”.
Okay, not as exciting as the pistol favoured by James Bond, but I did stumble upon this glamorous Walther-Typewriter connection…
The photo is reproduced with the permission of photographer Damien Lovegrove and is taken from his blog page: Hollywood Portraits Remastered With the Fujifilm X-Pro1.
The beautiful model is Helen Diaz and the typewriter is … oh to hell with the typewriter, let’s take another look at Helen…
… a woman beautiful enough to be a Bond Girl and so wonderfully curvaceous someone ought to name a cursive typeface after her. (Oh wait a minute, they already did!)
Gratuitous sex and (potential) gun violence in a typewriter blog. What more could you want?