Paddington Pair

According to The Huffington Post and other online sources, children’s author Michael Bond used an Olympia SM9 to write several of his Paddington Bear stories. In January 2014, the typewriter was shown at an exhibition “A Bear Named Paddington” at the Museum of London:

Museum of London curator, Hilary Young, with the original typewriter (1965) that Michael Bond used to write ‘Paddington at Work’ and ‘Paddington Goes to Town’ once he left the BBC in 1965 to write Paddington full-time. As Paddington makes his big-screen debut this November, the Museum of London is celebrating the small stowaway from Darkest Peru and his London adventures with a new exhibition, A Bear Called Paddington, opening on 14 November 2014.

The original typewriter that Michael Bond used to write “Paddington at Work” and “Paddington Goes to Town” once he left the BBC in 1965 to work on Paddington full-time.


Interestingly, four years earlier, in April 2010, according to The Guardian: New Paddington Bear Exhibition Opens in Reading, a different typewriter was put on display:


‘The Life and Times of Paddington Bear’ is being shown at the Museum of Reading, the home town of the author, Michael Bond. It plots the story from the very first book ‘A Bear Called Paddington’, published in 1958, to the most recent, ‘Paddington: Here and Now’ published in 2008, exactly 50 years later

Author Michael Bond’s “original” typewriter, which he used to write the Paddington Bear stories. It is shown along with his spectacles and Paddington’s notebook. Photograph: Spencer Gale/INS News Agency

Both seem feasible. Certainly you can’t question the author’s taste in typewriters.


Script for BBC TV episode 2, ‘A Bear in Hot Water’, 1975


Michael Bond and Bear

2 thoughts on “Paddington Pair

  1. Ted beat me to the punch on the date. That is not to say he did not own or use one of the newer ones.


  2. well, neither the Selectric nor the SM9 could have been used to write the book that was published in 1959, so neither would be his “original” typewriter. Selectric started 1961, SM9 a bit later. But yes, very good taste in machines (:

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