This is, purportedly, the typewriter of Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) on display at Max Gate, the house where the author lived in Dorset, England:


The problem is, the earliest date we have for a Remington Portable Model 5 (boxy) is 1932, four years after the author’s death.


As an example of Hardy’s writing style, here’s an extract from For Conscience’ Sakethe second story in the 1927 edition of Life’s Little Ironies, a collection of short stories first published in 1894:



An extract from A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873) as used by David Lodge to illustrate Suspense in Chapter 3 of his book The Art of Fiction:


Typecast on my 1963 Remington 11.