An early working Smith Corona Model 'S' Typewriter, c. 1933/34, "Corona" in gilt at two points, serial number 1035415, keys in QWERTY layout with three modified to include "*/4", "'/ü", and "ö/ä", original black leather carrying case, with printed manual 'How to Use Corona (Model S) The Portable Typewriter' with shop stamp ("B.O. Chapman Ltd. typewriters | Holborn, 265 Strand") and 'Imperial Touch-Typing Guide'
The date of this typewriter and the shop stamp (conveniently close to the LSE campus) strongly suggest that Hayek bought this typewriter during his tenure at the London School of Economics. Hayek was a professor at LSE from 1931 to 1950. This period of time of his career saw his initial dispute with Keynes over the business cycle and the appropriate response to the Depression, and the publication of Hayek's seminal work, The Road to Serfdom.
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Wear to typewriter and some minor rusting to metalwork.
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