Miss Animal = Corona animal keyboard

A birdie is flying on your pinkie and a rabbit is nibbling your middle finger.
This is how children teach themselves to type in the nineteen thirties.

The recipe?
Under your fingers, the Corona typewriter with animal keys in nine colors.
And on your fingers nine animal rings in nine colors (the left thumb is not used).

And then? Simple: color belongs to color.
The green rabbit hops to the green key on the left: c, d, e and 2 - all decorated with bunnies in various poses.
Similarly, the left index finger guides the bear to the bear key.
And the right elephant thumb, sets the row of elephants on the space bar in motion.

Corona Animal Keyboard

Great concept, bad timing

At the end of November 1935, the Corona marketing machine started its publicity campaign with this educationally sound Christmas present. Target group: the children of wealthy parents as the cheapest version costs fifty dollars. But even that amount is a hard nut to crack when the Great Depression is sweeping the country. A pity, as because of this, the unique learning system never takes off ...

Rare

Need we add that an animal Corona is very rare? Not to mention the ring set of which there are only two known in the world (sadly not in Belgium where I live ... ). Logical, because as soon as you learn to type blind, the rings disappear into a drawer.

Rare

Need we add that an animal Corona is very rare? Not to mention the ring set of which there are only two known in the world (sadly not in Belgium where I live ... ). Logical, because as soon as you learn to type blind, the rings disappear into a drawer.

The animal set is available in 1935-1936 on three Corona models: the Standard, Sterling and Silent. My machine - a Corona Speedline (Standard 2C-series) - is strangely enough from the autumn of 1940, the beginning of the Second World War. This is hardly a better time for bulk sales than during the great depression ...

A learning and reading book with lively animal drawings goes together with the typewriter (My Corona Typewriter Book) and a booklet for the parents: 'To help little fingers guide eager young minds'.

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Corona also produces a version with keys that are only colored (without animals or rings), just like Remington with its Bantam (that only writes capitals).

 


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