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Robert Messenger
Typewriter Collector and Historian. Sports historian. Writer.
Typewriter Collector and Historian. Sports historian. Writer.

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3 Million Page Views and Counting
On one of the coldest mornings in Canberra's recorded history, this blog was running hot. At 7.28am today, its page view counter turned over to the three million mark. I haven't been all that active in blogging since March, but the page views just keep on t...

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The Paddington Bear Typewriter
I got back on Wednesday from Bombala in south-eastern New South Wales - where the koala "bear" soft toy craze started almost 90 years ago, in 1927 - to hear the sad news that Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond had passed away in London, at the age of 91. ...

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World Typewriter Day 2017 Project
World Typewriter Day 2017 project - watch this space for the finished product!

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Famous Australian Singer's Corona Portable For Sale
$450 ono Contact

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The Way We Were: A Familiar Scene
Artwork by Leonard Dove (1907-1972)

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Rare Typewriters For Sale
Offered for immediate sale. Need to urgently sell these 14 very rare typewriters.  Please make fair offer on any one or all to Serious enquiries only. If you know typewriters you will know about the historical significance of these m...

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The Activist and the Valentine Typewriter
French-Jewish author and activist Marek Halter  writing on his Olivetti Valentine portable typewriter in his studio in  the Marais district of  Paris on September 5, 1979, following the publication of his book The Uncertain Life of Marco
Mahler ( La vie in...

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Vale Colin Dexter (1930-2017)
Colin Dexter with his Imperial Good Companion 4 portable typewriter in Oxford in 1977. Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter  has died in Oxford, England, aged 86. Born Norman Colin Dexter at Stamford, Lincolnshire, Dexter was a crime fiction novelist who wr...

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In The Shadows of Bobby Vee and Elston Gunnn
Calling himself Elston Gunnn , Bob Dylan unsuccessfully auditioned as a piano player with Bobby Vee 's group The Shadows . Dylan is seen here typing on an Olivetti Lettera 32 portable .  Hank B.Marvin 's 1959 Fender Stratocaster. A then 19-year-old Tony Mee...

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The Amazing Horners
In an irresistible flight of absolute
fancy, I imagine Patricia Beddison Gray , just turned eight by a fortnight and being
baby sat at home at Westridge, Canberra, on the night of March 18, 1932,
quietly casting a curse on all journalists. Her parents, Aust...
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