As I’ve been researching Brother machines in various store catalogs, I’ve run across a large number of Toy Typewriters. In fact, in some years (notably the mid-70’s) many catalogs had a page for Toy Typers but no page for real ones, which seemed odd to me. Anyway, I know there’s at least a little interest in toys among collectors, so I’ve flushed my collected Toy machine page finds into this post, so I can concentrate on the real machines and get these out of my research folder. (:
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I doubt the claim of “actual size type” found on the first page!
Great stuff. The blue “Star Lite” and the green “Collegiate Deluxe” are Konryu Corporation products, Japan. I also see quite a few Marx products (both single and true double shift) as well as Byron Jardine products. I’ve not-so-secretly collected a number of these things over the years, even to the point of having some in their original packaging and box. Glad to see someone else is looking at these nifty toys!
Interesting! I had a “Collegiate” (same body style, but lacked a carriage return lever), and it was labelled as “Western Stamping” on the bottom, but also “made in Japan”. Nice to know I can add Konryu as the maker in my listing:
Great collection of toy typewriters.
I had one of those plastic ones as a child. Typed, but not as good as my Grandfathers Underwood 4B which I was not supposed to play with.