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1929 Royal Typewriter

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Fast forward to 1989: 60 years later... Tri State Productions contracted Geppetto Studios, Inc. to fabricate an exact replica of the classic 1929 Royal Typewriter for The Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Trade Show. With uncompromising respect  due to this marvel of American engineering, the “Old Banger” was painstakingly duplicated right down to every last detail. Under the direction of Scott Molampy, Geppetto Studios’ highly skilled artisans carefully crafted the 10 x 12 foot replica of the classic antique typewriter (including exquisite graphics). The well planned installation of the massive, eye catching sculpture was, indeed, quite stunning. In fact, many present at this highly attended trade exposition considered the “Old Banger” to be an exceptionally beautiful work of art!

VIDEO: Wonderful 1929 Royal Typewriter demonstration...

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A Portable Royal Typewriter advertisement in “The National Geographic Magazine” February 1929.

GREAT ARTICLE! Skye Ferrante had spent six years at the Writers Room in Greenwich Village, blissfully banging away on his grandmother's 1929 Royal Typewriter until...                                                                         


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A great Royal Typewriters page to visit (with many photos): 


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And last (while we’re all in the ‘20‘s mood)...

A must see:  Dance “The Baltimore”!!!

This video is the CAT’s WHISKERS and the BEE’s KNEES!

Music by Fred Rich and his Astor Hotel Orchestra (1928)...


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The Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Trade Show

Back in 1929...



New York City’s Chrysler Building was the tallest building in the world, “Art Deco” was the popular design motif of the day, and the “cat’s whiskers” meant something was “groovy” or “cool”. The Ford Model ‘A’ ruled the raodways, radio was king, and "talkies" were quickly replacing silent films in the Movie Palaces. Jazz... phonograph records... “flappers” (with chin-length bobbed hair)... Felix the Cat... and Mae West were all the rage. Then, the strength of America's economy of the “Roaring 20's”, an era of great economic prosperity, came to an abrupt halt on “Black Thursday” (October 24th, 1929): the Wall Street Stock Exchange crashed.

And for a fascinating bit of history on typewriters...  check out

The Virtual Typewriter Museum (beginning with the Royal 1 (1906):


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Geppetto Studios, Inc. fabricated this exact replica of a classic 1929 Royal Typewriter for the 1989 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Trade Show (Client: Tri State Productions).

Standard Royal Typewriter 1929

The 1989 Consumer Electronics Trade Show/ Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

(Client: Tri State Productions).

Here’s the “Old Banger” again! The ultra classic 1929 Royal Typewriter (photographed here during the installation), was proudly fabricated by Geppetto Studios, Inc. for the 1989 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Trade Show (Client: Tri-State Productions).

Detail of the 1929 Royal Typewriter fabricated by Geppetto Studios, Inc. (Client: Tri-State Productions).

Also at this time, the Royal Typewriter Company (based at 316 Broadway in New York City back then) came out with their latest model: the Royal Model 10. With the advent of this marvelous typing machine, a sizeable episode in American manufacturing occured; as a few years later, Royal was Americas first choice in typewriters (beating out Underwood- a huge competitor at the time). Though typewriters are largely obsolete today, in 1929 they were among the world’s latest wonders in communication advances. Many American writers deeply prized the ownership of their ‘Royal”, including author Ayn Rand (who is said to have purchased her brand new Royal Typewriter in 1929).