The Hardy Type

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:

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

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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:

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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:

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Typecast on my 1963 Remington 11.

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  1. It’s fascinating to me when both movies and museums make small gaffes like this (not so small to some of us). I was perusing the antique mall a couple of weeks back, picking up a lovely SM9 (my current daily typing favorite) and the cashier told me about some folks who came in to pick up “any old typewriter” because they were making a film about one of our local heroes. It made me sad — I imagine I could have sourced the right model had I had the chance to talk to them! Oh well.

    Looks like it was fun to type out those excerpts. I love that “old” writing style from the late nineteenth century. It persisted I some prose through the mid-20th, but nowadays it’s almost a foreign language. Both flowery and exacting at the same time.

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