To Ellis G. Bishop, advertising manager of Royal Typewriter Co. [Letter 227]

Item Reference Code: 147_R3x_011_001

Date(s) of creation

July 3, 1946


Ellis G. Bishop


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10000 Tampa Avenue
Chatsworth, California

July 3, 1946

Mr. Ellis G. Bishop
Advertising Manager
Royal Typewriter Company, Inc.
2 Park Avenue
New York 16, New York

Dear Mr. Bishop:

Thank you for your letter of June 7th.

I am enclosing my endorsement of the Royal typewriter. This statement is what I really would like to say—but if you find that it is too long for your purposes, please let me know and I will try to say something briefer.

I am also enclosing a copy of the release which I have signed. As you will see, I have modified it a little, and I have added the provision that I want to see any copy in which my name is used in advance of publication. I hope this is acceptable to you.

I have no photograph of myself using my typewriter, but I shall be glad to pose for one if you wish to have one taken.

Thank you very much for the new machine which I have just purchased. I hate to use bromides, but “it is a thing of beauty and a joy forever” (but don’t use THAT in print). I appreciate very much your courtesy in making it possible for me to get it.

Cordially yours,


Ayn Rand

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The first big investment I ever made (big for me at the time) was in my Royal Portable Typewriter, seventeen years ago. It has stood by me ever since, without repairs, without a single breakdown under the terrible battering I have given it.

At a time when there is too much crying over “the poor consumers”, here is one consumer who wishes to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to the productive genius of American free enterprise. Only in America could such a typewriter be made—and only in America could I write what I wrote on it.


July 3, 1946