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Where Hollywood began—the actual barn rented by Cecil B. DeMille in 1913, establishing what would become Paramount, Hollywood’s first major motion picture studio.
DeMille first arrived in Hollywood as a founder in the start-up Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company. When DeMille’s partner Samuel Goldwyn (who would later found MGM) instructed him to fire secretary Stella Stray because her $15/week salary exceeded the $10/week pay cap, DeMille thought she took it rather well. Until she began leaving with the studio’s typewriter.
“Where do you think you’re going with that”
“But Mr. DeMille, it’s MY machine!”
Stray was hired back immediately. And stayed until she retired in 1958. 😆
This was not that particular typewriter, being from 1926, but it definitely resided in DeMille’s office and still belongs to the estate.
@typewriterconnection and I were asked to take a look at the DeMille machine, and see if it might be made to type again. It’s in surprisingly good shape for being displayed in the open, without benefit of a cover.
The rubber is hard as stone but reasonably grippy, and the feed rollers are uniformly round.
The biggest issue was mechanical balkiness from prolonged inactivity and light rust build-up—the line lock was sticking, as well as the carriage shift, but a little judicious tinkering restored their action. The main problem was sticky type bars. Look closely, and you’ll see significant varnish build-up in the segment and on the type bars themselves. 🤔
We didn’t want to disturb the machine’s patina, so very gently “exercised” the type bars by hand to break up the build-up, with reasonable success. All keys are now functional, if slow to return to rest.
The mainspring is weak, and the carriage rails, which are effectively linear bearings, have surface rust. We smoothed that out without removing it entirely, and while the carriage is nearly molasses-slow it does move under its own power and you can type, albeit at only a very deliberate pace.
An unusual day of typewriter repair, but feel lucky to have laid hands on movie history and put another typewriter back in (limited) service. 😎