Remington Rhymes

Filed under: ephemera, typewriters — olivander March 9, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

Here is a wonderful period piece from 1929. Remington Rhymes of Typewriter Times was written and illustrated by John Martin–”the childrens’ friend”–and published by Remington Rand. It’s a blatant product of the marketing department. Copiously and colorfully illustrated, each letter of the alphabet is represented by short poems and parables, in nearly every one of which the modern marvel of the portable typewriter helps the children overcome an obstacle or achieve educational greatness.

Admittedly, the rhymes aren’t very good, as they more often than not are forced to contort themselves to the marketing message driven through them, and the breathless prose extolling Remington typewriters’ educational benefits can seem hokey to modern audiences. But it’s a marvelously fun cultural artifact that if nothing else will bring a smile with its whimsical illustrations. (There is one small example of unapologetic racism buried within it, which I will ask you to just accept as being part of the book’s “cultural artifact” aspect.)

Click the cover above or download it here. (PDF, 8.5mb)

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