Thursday, June 21, 2012

I Thought it was an FP

Herb Caen charmingly called his typewriter the Loyal Royal. It was a running mention in many of his columns. For the longest time I thought the Royal in question was this FP at the San Francisco Public Library:


But in a news article from the San Francisco Appeal (an on-line newspaper) it appears if Herb Caen's typewriter will go up for auction to fund a SF Police summer program. Obviously, a worthy cause but it brings up some serious questions about Caen's typewriter provenance.


This is a picture of Caen; the baldness, the smile. It's him alright, but the typewriter on which he jauntily leans is not an FP. It's an HH. Strange, no? It would be perfectly reasonable for a columnist to have several typewriters and they both my be Royals, but if I was the SF Library or the soon-to-be auction winner, I would love to know which one was more loyal; the FP or the HH.


5 comments:

  1. Interesting. I wonder if any typescripts can be found to authenticate?

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  2. I reckon the HH was a prop. But that said... The FP looks way too nice to have been a 'loyal royal'.

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  3. I hear the FP sold for over $20K!

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  4. The FP pictured above is in the lobby at the Chronicle, not at the main library. I've seen both of them in the flesh.

    I dug up a little more info about Herb Caen's typers: http://thecynthiaproject.com/2014/01/07/will-the-real-herb-caen-typewriter-please-stand-up/

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