Thursday, June 6, 2013

It's a Shame

It's 1934 and Clarence H. Bills is set to task by Royal to create a new "mask" for a portable typewriter. Bills, inspired by the daring industrial design of Sakhnoffsky and Earl, creates this striking face:

I don't know about you, but I think this in gloss black which chrome accents would be offensive, entirely vulgar, and absolutely something I would want. It's a shame that the design was shelved and  never came to market.


  1. All the chrome! I would have to agree.

    Though the little accents around the Royal logo -might- just have been inspiration for the shapes around the switches on the front of the 50s design.

  2. Wow, I want it!

    Nick is right, there are modest echoes of this design in other Royals.

    What happened around the later '30s that toned down the dazzle of Art Deco and led to a switch from glossy paint and chrome to subdued wrinkle paint? Was it just the seriousness of the times? But the Depression was dead serious already, and just led people to want more glamor and style.

  3. Mmm, yes. moar chromium, plz. :D

  4. Looks like a job for a 3d printer! hmmm

  5. Oh wow. Oh wow!!

    notagain, I'm sure you'll be entirely unsurprised to know that was my first thought.

  6. Garish! Excessive! Tacky!

    I'll take two!

  7. The design is raw and aggressive. It might have actually intimidated some of the typists. I would absolutely have to own one of these too. It is a shame that the idea and image was shelved.

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