I tried to convince the seller that he should consider selling color ribbons on eBay as there's an entire typewriter collector community looking for something other than the boring black-red ribbons. But much to my disappointment, he replied that he was not interested at all because selling mechanical typewriter ribbon is only a small part of the business. He mostly sells ribbons for office equipment such as clock-in machines and printers. Anyway, he agreed to produce 5 all-blue pieces without any extra effort, that is, when he produced something blue for a client.
Pictured here is a type sample using the new blue ribbon from a 1940s British Imperial, elite typeface. I don't know what color it appears on your screen, but it's a kind of brilliant blue similar to that on a white-blue Chinese porcelain. It's what we Chinese call peacock blue.
|A white-blue porcelain|
Meanwhile, I spotted a label of a typewriter service company on a Royal 10 sold here on www.taobao.com, China's ebay. Did you see LA on that? How did the machine travel such a long way and end up in a Chinese antique dealer's hand? There must be a story behind it. Does the name Burton ring a bell?