Free Art Download: The Remington Noiseless 8 Typewriter

Free Art Download: The Remington Noiseless 8 Typewriter
A reminder to quit complaining about how slow your computer is.
This beautiful illustration comes from the “Instructions for Operation and Care” manual of the Remington Noiseless 8 Desk Model. Produced from 1932 to 1941, this sharp, art deco typewriter was the laptop / tablet PC hybrid of its day. Advertised both for the sturdiness of a desktop typewriter with the “portability” of a smaller one. The concept of lugging one of these around is fun to think about. While a brochure for the machine marketed it as the first affordable noiseless typewriter, it originally sold for $105. Doesn't sound like much? Today it would cost $1,733.

It's a neat reminder of how far we've come – imagine living in 1935 and writing your dream novel or screenplay on one of these. Without the ability to surf Reddit or Facebook, I might actually get some work done.

Click here to download
To download, click on the link above, then click on “File” and “Download”.

Follow the instructions on the Hemingway download post to have it printed for a dollar and set in a $5 frame from Wal-Mart. The file is sized to be printed to fit in a 11×14 frame. You'll need to print on ledger size paper, which is 11×17, then cut off the excess using the border I built in.

If you make one I’d love to see it!

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • ChrisReetz

    I’m going to do this with my kids on the 4th and hang it in their bedroom. Such a great, inexpensive way to add character to a wall.

  • Alex

    I know this has been asked before, but I’ve yet to see it answered: how do you go about finding these sorts of images? I assume they’re public domain, but most of the public domain repositories I come across are underwhelming.

    • Andrew

      Hey Alex, I wish I had better answer than “I just keep my eye out”. This one I found when I was searching for another image of a vintage diagram. Others like the WWI Shave came from Reddit. The Hemingway image I saw being sold and did an image search for the photo.

  • Spencer Jenkins

    Any chance you could throw together a quick guide for making correctly sized images ourselves to fit these frames? I want to decorate using cool old school images of classic Hollywood stars, and I’d love to adapt this method to it. Perhaps a template for the borders?

    Thanks for all you do, these are great!

    • Andrew

      Hey Spencer,

      I’ll put something together!

  • William Ramos

    I’m aware the photo is sized to be printed at 11×14 — how distorted would it be if I printed it larger than that? I would really like to have this printed on a larger canvas as the center piece of my room and I’m just wondering. Thank you! Big fan of the site, you’ve earned at least one new reader in me; my friends will follow soon, I think.

    • Andrew

      It’s hard to estimate how distorted it will get. As you blow it up, the edges will become softer and you might start to see some pixelation depending on how the printer enlarges it. You may ask them to see what they think.

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  • Jeb

    I realize this may be vague, but what is the most efficient way to browse for patent designs?

    Also, are you looking through commercial vendors first, and then going to LOC? Thanks–great resource!