Writing machines are terrific objects, but of even greater appeal to me is the visual culture of typewriters. I have collected numerous advertisements, typing and secretarial books, sales brochures and promotions, ribbon tins, accessories and typewriter manuals. It is an ongoing obsession. Here are a few images from my personal archive. (I covet these colourful Royals, illustrated below. One of each, please! They are indeed "breathtaking".)