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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow


With technology advancing everyday, I wonder how many of us can actually claim to have used a good old fashioned typewriter! This advertisement (sent to us by Nicholas Jennings) is for Royal Typewriters. Was this a very popular brand back then? Did any of you own one (or any other typewriter brand)? On that note, how much did a typewriter cost in those days?

  1. Gordy says:

    They were the tools of trade for the petition writers who hanged out at the front of the Ipoh Main Post Office near the Birch Clock tower in the 50 & 60s. Every decent lawyer’s office would have a few of them proudly displayed at the work desk. No worries if you require additional copies of the typing, just put add additional sheets of paper and carbon paper (remember them?)

  2. Mano says:

    Air tickets and cargo waybills were typewritten individually on carbonised, usually red, booklets up to 12 pages. The relevant copies, such as for accounts, were then ripped off the perforated edges as the customer went through the various stages right up to checking in. The ‘two finger’ typing was the best for this to give that extra whack to get the print through all those pages!

  3. Lean CS says:

    It reminds me of our typing class in ACS . This is one skill that qualifies us to get a job at least as a clerk . All of us in ACS durning the 60’s attended typing classes using Royal or Remington typewriters including the use carbon papers. We even took the examination for the Pitmans certificate. Thanks to Mr Ram and our teache Miss Nonie Wong

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just imagine making a typo error and with two or three carbon papers on.

    It was frustrating erasing that error and rubbing on the paper until it was torn before the existence of correction pens which were introduced much later.

    Because of the touch system of training with the typewriter keyboard, we seniors are quite competent in handling the keyboard of computers nowadays.

    We can now delete and/or shift text whenever we like before printing out the letters.

  5. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Neostyle was an American firm founded in the 19th century that sold early duplicating machines. In the 1900s the firm invented something called a “Rotary Neostyle,” which used a rotating drum to make copies. The device was successful enough that from the name “Rotary Neostyle” came a new name for the entire company: “RoNeo.” (In fact, you can see it written this way in the advertisement above.)

    RoNeo came to Malaya between the wars. By this time, the company was selling not only its own inventions but office equipment generally, including typewriters. In Ipoh I remember two retail locations: the first was in Old Town, at the corner of Hugh Low Street and Belfield Street; and the second, opened decades later, was in New Town, on Cockman Street, not far from the cinemas.

    And yes, I still have a typewriter, although I haven’t really used it in a long time.

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