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Ribbon and box for a Corona typewriter used by a US clergyman for an anti-Nazi sermon

Object | Accession Number: 2015.33.3 a-c

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    Ribbon and box for a Corona typewriter used by a US clergyman for an anti-Nazi sermon


    Brief Narrative
    Ribbon and box accompanying the typewriter used by Reverend M.E.N. Lindsay to compose the sermon that he delivered on November 21, 1937 to his parishioners at the South Britain Congregational Church, as part of his protest of the planned camp of the German American Bund in Southbury, Connecticut. The Bund, an American Nazi organization, were planning to set up a training camp to indoctrinate Nazi values in young people. The group had established at least 20 training camps in rural areas throughout the country and had 25,000 active members. With a camp already established in nearby Waterbury, the Bund purchased 178 acres in the Kettletown area of Southbury, then a farming community of just 1,200. Lindsay and another local pastor, Rev. Felix Manley, rallied the residents to protest the project. The protest was successful and the town prevented the camp from being built.
    use:  1937
    use: South Britain Congregational Church; South Britain (Southbury, Conn.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lois Lindsay Brown, Carol Lindsay Hagy, and Joan Lindsay Redford
    b. upper section, printed, cream ink : L.C.Smith&CoronaTypewritersInc.
    b. middle section, printed, red and green ink : Type Bar / LONG WEARING / Brand / TRADEMARK
    b. lower section, printed, cream ink : Typewriter Ribbon / MADE IN (USA?)
    Subject: M.E.N. Lindsay
    Manufacturer: Corona Typewriter Company
    Mark Edgar Newson Lindsay (known as M.E.N.,1898-1987) was born in Hagerstown, Maryland and received a bachelor’s degree from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia. He married Melcora Gruber (1899-1982) and they had three daughters Lois (1928-2017), Joan (b.1931) and Carol (b.1935). He received his Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 1930, and was ordained as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). His first pulpit was that of a Congregational church in South Britain, Connecticut, where he, along with other town leaders, mobilized to prevent the establishment of a training camp for members of the German American Bund, a Nazi affiliated group, in 1937. In 1941 he and his family returned to Lynchburg, where he worked at Lynchburg College. In 1943, he was assigned as pastor of a Disciples of Christ congregation in Tazewell, VA, where he served during the 1940s and 1950s.

    Physical Details

    Typewriter ribbons.
    Physical Description
    a. Square, cream colored metal tin base with rounded corners and silver interior. There is manufacturing information stamped on the bottom.

    b. Square lid for tin (a) with rounded corners printed in olive green with a central cream colored band. There are narrow, rectangular, cream colored text boxes with diagonal corners and black type at the top and bottom and cream printed text below and above the text boxes. The central cream band has an illustration of a typewriter ribbon holder with red and green text.

    c. Black spool of cloth typewriter ribbon wrapped loosely in silver foil with a diamond pattern. There are aqua and pink colored crystalline accretions at the center of the ribbon.
    a: Height: 1.625 inches (4.128 cm) | Width: 1.625 inches (4.128 cm)
    b: Height: 1.875 inches (4.763 cm) | Width: 1.875 inches (4.763 cm)
    c: Height: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm) | Width: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm)
    a : metal, ink
    b : metal, ink
    c : cloth, foil
    a. bottom, stamped, black ink : N181
    b. upper text box, stamped, black ink : CORONA NO. 3
    b. lower text box, stamped, black ink : BLACK REC

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    German American Bund

    Administrative Notes

    The typewriter ribbon and box were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2015 by Lois Lindsay Brown, Carol Lindsay Hagy, and Joan Lindsay Redford, the daughters of Rev. M.E.N. Lindsay.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-25 08:08:09
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