Posted on January 13, 2015
This 1938 Royal Standard Portable “Model O” came to me via Gumtree in working but poor cosmetic condition for the price of $60 AUD.
The dealer decal is a nice touch: “Brooklyn’s of 444 Little Collins Street,Melbourne”.
Brooklyn makes me think of New York, not Melbourne, which goes some way towards negating the “Built in the British Empire” label intended to disguise this typewriter’s American origins.
As Rob Messenger points out, in several of his posts including this one, for “Built in the British Empire” think “Assembled in Canada”.
At the risk of stating the obvious “Brooklyn’s” were in the business of selling office equipment, services and supplies. On January 20th, 1954 they advertised in Melbourne’s The Age newspaper for a “Boy, to learn typewriter mechanics” …
Just over a year later on the 7th of February 1955, they placed an ad in Melbourne’s Argus newspaper for a “Typewriter or Adding Machine Mechanic”.
On the 19th of December that same year they advertised for an experienced typist or “Good Junior”.
Interesting that an extra “e” was added to the word “typist” (and “telephonist”) in most but not all of the classified ads. The old spellings have obviously fallen into disuse – as has the use of “boy” or “girl” to refer to a school leaver in his or her early teens.
These days kids grow up far too quickly. Personally, I’m still trying not to.
Thanks for reading boys and girls!