posted on May, 30 2016 @ 09:47 PM
originally posted by: ColdWisdom
One part of this story that is missing is how this type writer ended up where it was in the possession of the seller.
What was a WW2 Nazi typewriter doing in somebody's garage in England?
You'd be surprised what becomes of these things. What you and I value isn't necessarily what another will value. As the saying goes, "one mans trash
is another mans treasure." Fitting, considering this artifact had been consigned to a pile of rubbish, as the article says. In the 19th Century
Egyptian railways found a cheaper fuel source than coal. They began burning mummies, believe it or not. The pyramids themselves were once a brilliant
white because they were covered in polished Taura Limestone which was said to reflect the sun's light, making the pyramids visible throughout
Mesopotamia, or a fair portion of it. The casing was removed for building materials. An ancient pyramid in South America was demolished a few years
ago, and its blocks were also used for building materials. The Soviets famously shelled a significant national heritage site containing priceless
artifacts during WW2. The Nazis were occupying the structure and it apparently became one of those "had to destroy the village to save it" situations,
though the Russians never officially acknowledged that they shelled the Amber Room into oblivion, as it was significant to the Russian people. ISIS is
said to be actively seeking out archeological sites and destroying them. Nations frequently destroy ancient historic sites of their enemies, and even
artifacts of their own because it conflicts with the party line. You'd be surprised how much of Apollo was dismantled and destroyed, or otherwise
My point is that someone didn't appreciate the machines value. Maybe it immediately meant nothing because they didn't need it after the Nazis were
defeated and they happened to hate their wartime adversaries, so they didn't treasure that Nazis accomplishment. Maybe a British spy kept it as a
memento, and as spies keep secrets, he took that secret to his grave, and the artifact just because "an old typewriter" after that. Maybe a German spy
was in possession of it, and ditched it or hid it after the war ended, never mentioning it to anyone, as you might expect. These things happen.
Personally, I know my family line back to the 1500s, but my family has repeatedly made an impression on history. I've even visited the estate they
held in the 1600s. Most people however don't know what their ancestors were doing during WW2, let alone half a century ago. It's understandable that
the story behind the keyboard and machine generally should be unknown.