(suitablyemoname) wrote in little_details,

Typewriter ribbons in 1930s Northeastern USA

It was the kind of day that makes you want to stay in bed, but that's February in Boston* for you. February 1932, specifically. This was the fateful day that Harriet, an academic researching Handwavy Paranormal Conspiracy Stuff, was struck by brilliance.

But first, she needs supplies.

How much does she pay for a standard typewriter ribbon? A specific price would be ideal, but even an order of magnitude would be useful. (5 cents? 50 cents? $5?)

Where does she buy it from? The drugstore? A stationery store?

How "inky" is it? (Modern ribbons will still leave a bit of ink on your fingers if you handle them, and I have a sneaking suspicion that the ribbons of 70 years ago may have been inkier.)

And, finally, what sort of branding does it have on the tin? (Name, colour, design, etc.)

*The story actually takes place in Arkham, but I figure Boston is the closest approximation.
Tags: 1930-1939, ~technology (misc)

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