Letters From Nakajima (Part 2): Walther

Speaking of rebranded electronic Nakajima typewriters,  here are a few “Walthers” I neglected to mention in Letters from Nakajima Part 1.

WaltherTW60

Walther TW60 (Nakajima Ax60)

WaltherTW80

“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 …

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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 …

WaltherAC33

However, these were made in Japan and sold in Germany under the established name “Walther”.

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WaltherDE10

Okay, not as exciting as the pistol favoured by James Bond, but I did stumble upon this glamorous Walther-Typewriter connection…

WaltherPPK_and_typewriter

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…

 Walther_HelenDiaz

… 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?

8 thoughts on “Letters From Nakajima (Part 2): Walther”

  1. I must confess Rob, I did not notice the fire at first, not until you pointed it out, it seems my attention span is short.
    Steve, I too am amassing some of those Nakajima clones, this time it is a SCM 1300 model and I have at least one Olympia.
    I am coming to the conclusion that Nakajima must have been the most prolific manufacturer in the last period from 1980 onwards, in both mechanical and electronic typewriters.

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  2. I’d like to say what an excellent incentive to further investigate the undoubted prowess of the Fuji X-Pro1, but I think we can leave the camera on the shelf along with the typewriters and the gun and concentrate instead on the great lighting and set design, especially the cleverly exposed flames in the fireplace.

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  3. Haha superb way to liven up a post about electronic typewriters! Helen diaz: freakin wow. I almost wish that if those pics ever get redone, we should have kate beckinsdale step in for helen.
    A+++++++++ post!

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